Home Or Nursing Home
- Hide captionFor six years, Rosa Hendrix, 88, lived in the Parkview Manor Nursing Home in Atlanta. But she always wanted to go back to an apartment, like the one where she lived before she fell and needed physical therapy. Now she's moving to a new home.All photos by Robin Nelson for NPR
- Hide captionHendrix waits for transportation to her new apartment with Toni Pastore, a paralegal from Atlanta Legal Aid Society, who organized her relocation (left), and Cheryl Laurendeau, her peer supporter.
- Hide captionSix years ago, Hendrix was sent to a different nursing home for physical therapy and was told it would be a short-time stay. But the therapy took longer than expected and she lost her apartment. Here, she is lifted into a van for the ride to her new home.
- Hide captionSelena Rambert, manager for Capitol Avenue Apartments, goes over paperwork with Hendrix before she moves into the apartment that will be her new home.
- Hide captionRambert hands Hendrix keys to her first new home in six years. One thing Hendrix says she missed most when she lived at the nursing home was a door with a lock. She complained that, in the room she shared with another woman, other residents wandered in and out, day and night.
- Hide captionHendrix celebrates getting the keys to her new apartment. "A home means to me where you are not in prison," she says. "Where you don't have to have somebody to tell you what you can do, when you can do it and how you can do it."
- Hide captionToni Pastore (right), discusses with Hendrix where to place new furniture in the apartment. The large one-bedroom unit has high ceilings. The building is a converted school building.
- Hide captionHendrix and nurse aide Jessica Allen get to know each other after her home has been set up. An aide comes for two hours in the morning and two hours at night to help Hendrix get out of bed, take a bath and with household chores. That still costs the state less than it paid for the round-the-clock care that's available in a nursing home.
After six years in a nursing home, Rosa Hendrix has moved into her own apartment. Hendrix was featured in an NPR News investigation that examined a new federal law that gives people with disabilities the right to receive long-term health care in their own homes.
Bylon Alexander dreamed of leaving a nursing home to move to her own place. But it was not to be.
December 3, 2010 Thomas Perez, assistant attorney general for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Justice, is making a "paradigm shift" in his division to focus more on care-at-home cases.
December 2, 2010 Traditionally, who lives in a nursing home has been seen as a matter of health. But new health reform law and a U.S. Supreme Court decision say people have a right to get their long-term care at home.
December 2, 2010 Disagreement persists over whether moving people out of institutions and nursing homes and into home-based care will save or cost money.
November 8, 2010 This interactive database has information about the independence level of residents at nearly 16,000 individual nursing homes around the country.
December 2, 2010 States vary widely in the portion of Medicaid spending they devote to serving the elderly and disabled in their communities, rather than in nursing homes.
November 8, 2010 NPR INVESTIGATION: In states like Illinois, parents can provide at-home care for children with severe illnesses and Medicaid foots the bill. But the funding disappears the minute they turn 21, forcing families to make a painful choice: Find the money to pay for sometimes exorbitant health care costs or send their children to a nursing home.
November 8, 2010 Changes in federal policies and Medicaid funding over the years have made home- and community-based care a more viable option. Here is a look at some of the events and policies that have shaped the provision of long-term care.
November 8, 2010 The degree to which the nation's nursing home residents can do things for themselves varies considerably from state to state.
November 8, 2010 In 1981, President Ronald Reagan intervened when he learned that federal rules prevented 3-year-old Katie Beckett from leaving a hospital to get cheaper care at home. Now 32, Beckett is an advocate for people with disabilities to get care outside of nursing homes and institutions.