Life-space mobility predicts nursing home admission over 6 years.
- Author(s): Sheppard, Kendra D
- Sawyer, Patricia
- Ritchie, Christine S
- Allman, Richard M
- Brown, Cynthia J
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4071297/
To explore the association between baseline life-space mobility and nursing home (NH) admission among community-dwelling older adults over 6 years.Using data from a prospective, observational cohort study consisting of a random sample of 1,000 Medicare beneficiaries ≥ 65 years of age stratified by race (African American and non-Hispanic White), sex, and rural/urban residence. Baseline life-space mobility was assessed during in-home interviews. Participants were contacted by telephone every 6 months to ascertain NH admissions, Life-Space Assessment (LSA) scores, and vital status (living or deceased). Using multivariate logistic regression, the significance and independence of the relationship of life-space mobility with NH admission were examined.Over 6 years, the odds of NH admission increased 2% for every one point lower baseline life-space score independent of previously recognized risk factors.The LSA may be a useful tool to identify older adults at risk of NH admission.