Supportive Services Programs in Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities. Program Funding

Along with discussions about the appropriate role for supportive services programs must come a discussion about appropriate funding sources for such programs. The benefits of supportive services programs accrue first to individual recipients by allowing them to remain in their homes according to their preferences. Benefits also accrue to the larger community in fostering diversity across age groups within neighborhoods and allowing several generations to live in the same community. Benefits accrue to society when public costs associated with aging and declining health are lessened through the potential lower use of acute or institutional health care. The challenge, as with many supportive services programs, is finding the right private-public-philanthropic resource mix, and the right balance among individual, community, and societal obligations.

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