NYT Article Explores Male / Female Occupancy in Nursing Homes
Paula Span explores a topic in her weekly New York Times post that touches on something discharge planning and case managers know all too well! She writes, “Nursing homes are heavily female, like the elderly population itself. A report by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in 2010 found that about two-thirds of residents were women. In some homes I’ve visited, it looks closer to 80 percent.
And most rooms in nursing homes are “semiprivate,” one of the great euphemisms of modern health care. Medicaid, which pays for most nursing home care, will cover only a semiprivate room.
So since a man entering a facility can’t bunk with a woman, an available bed in a room assigned to a woman will require another woman. The man goes on a waiting list until there’s a bed in a room with another man.”