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Solo Seniors with Social Support Are Less Likely to Need Nursing Home Care

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Research shows that many seniors living alone prefer to recover from acute illness in their own homes, rather than in long-term care facilities. Now a new study by researchers at UC San Francisco has identified one factor that buffers the likelihood of a “health shock” culminating in a nursing home stay of at least 30 days.

Older adults who said they could count on a friend or relative to “help with personal care if needed,” in the event of a hospitalization of at least two days or a new diagnosis of a life-threatening condition, reduced their ...