Shippee leads study to improve quality of home and community-based services for people with dementia

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The research led by Associate Professor Tetyana Shippee includes documenting trends in the services used or desired by clients and the factors related to how satisfied they are with their care.

The population of people age 65 and older in the United States is quickly growing with increasing numbers of them needing long-term services and supports (LTSS). LTSS involve a variety of services designed to meet a person’s health or personal care needs to help them live as independently and safely as possible when they can no longer perform everyday activities on their own. Most older adults who need LTSS prefer to remain at home rather than receive care in nursing homes. Those living at home can use a number of LTSS services, including home health care, hospice services, meal delivery, housekeeping and other assistance, known as home and community-based services (HCBS). The University of Minnesota School of Public Health (SPH) is launching a new project to understand the scope of HCBS services used and desired across the United States. The project will also determine client and state-level factors that influence satisfaction with HCBS care and how it varies for people with diagnosed with dementia.

Associate Professor Tetyana Shippee is the principal investigator of the study and has teamed up with Assistant Professor Eric Jutkowitz (PhD ‘17) from Brown University as a co-principal investigator. Shippee is a national expert on promoting quality of life for older adults and leads numerous studies on measuring and improving quality of life and well-being among older adults receiving LTSS.

The study is funded by a four-year grant from the National Institute on Aging providing more than $2 million. Read the full article

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