University of Minnesota shines light on barriers to nursing home care for rural populations

By Dan Kamyck | May 24, 2017 at 11:49 AM

Researchers at Minnesota's Rural Health Research Center interviewed 23 rural discharge planners about the biggest medical challenges to nursing home placement for rural residents. More than half of those interviewed pointed to behavioral health problems as the leading barrier.

Why it matters: With long-term care moving toward home- and community-based settings, nursing homes are taking on more medically complex residents. Rural America is aging faster than non-rural areas, so the barriers to nursing home care will only become more entrenched.