California Health Advocates submitted a letter in support of AB 1083 (Nazarian) – Senior affordable housing: nursing pilot program. CHA recognizes that this nursing pilot program in affordable housing could be a game-changer in providing older adults the education and supports to age in place. It could also help residents navigate a complicated health care system and potentially reduce Medicare costs.
Many affordable housing residents are coping with multiple chronic illnesses and functional impairments that put them at risk for poor health outcomes, making it more likely that they will use costly medical services such as emergency departments, hospitals, and nursing homes, all the while losing dignity and quality of life. The initial RN Coaching model demonstrates nearly 70% fewer residents moved out of three affordable housing properties due to health-related issues. Empowering seniors to live independently in their community is more important now than ever before. AB 1083 enables the Housing Plus Services: RN Coaching program model to be expanded to five counties and further evaluated over five years.
Read the full letter for details.