A nursing home is a crucial provider of long-term care for elderly persons and people with disabilities. The Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0 frequency report provides information for nursing home patients across the United States. The statistic of the State of New Jersey residents from the year 2011 and compared to the year 2019.
In 2011, the 1st quarter (January – March) New Jersey had a total number of 47,911 residents inside a nursing home, and in 2019, the 1st quarter the total amount was 45,769. Many would wonder since the population is increasing it’s logical to assume that nursing home residents should increase; however, the opposite happens. Over 8 year’s period, residents have been slowly decreasing, and many factors are contributing to the statistic. Aging is a significant factor that contribute to the declining rate of nursing home residents. In New Jersey, almost 16% of the nursing home resident was ages 0-64, and 84% ages 65 and over. The need for a nursing facility can be required at any
Other factors that contribute to declining of residences in nursing homes are advance medicine & technology, cultural diversity, cost, poverty, and variety of home assistant programs are some of the factors. Medicine and technology have transformed long-term care. Many nursing homes don’t have enough provider (specialist doctors) to facilitate all their patients. In many cases, the residence needs immediate attention outside of nursing scope and must be transported to a hospital. Nowadays, there is telemedicine technology that allows the patient to stay at home and receive treatment. Home assistance and other health care program is available for certain patients to stay at home.