Rise in number of minority seniors in nursing homes

October 14, 2011 by , filed under: Nursing Homes 

White people can cover the cost of in-home care.

More black, Asian and Hispanic seniors are moving into nursing homes, a study has revealed.

Researchers at Brown University found that the number of minority groups opting to live in nursing facilities is steadily increasing. They attributed the rise to the economic differences between elderly white people and minority seniors.

The report explained that white people have access to more resources and can find better housing when they reach old age where as other groups cannot afford in-home care or other preferred options.

Zhanlian Feng, lead author of the study, said: “We know those alternatives are not equally available, accessible, or affordable to everybody, certainly not to many minority elders. Most elders would rather stay in their homes, or some place like home, but not a nursing home unless they have to.”


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