Background & Goal
Many senior citizens and their families seek to postpone or avoid nursing home care, preferring to remain at home.
The Aging in Place Project, through RN Care Coordination, health promotion, and early illness recognition, aims to provide more and higher-quality services at home, allowing people to “age in place” and avoid or delay hospitalizations by creating Sinclair Home Care.
Sinclair Home Care is a licensed home care agency within the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing that currently provides community-based care to residents of Tiger Place to support the aging in place program. Based on individual choice and autonomy, both the building and the services maximize each elder person’s mental, physical, and psychosocial strengths. Specific services that integrate mind and body are: a country club dining experience for meals; a sports bar; private completely accessible apartments with screened porches; an on-site veterinary clinic, doors to the outside from each apartment with safe walking paths for personal pets; and health promotion and wellness programs with registered nurse care coordination and 24-hour nurse response on call. The combined housing and care cost for any resident has never approached or exceeded the national average cost for nursing home care.