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Hispanics More Likely to be Admitted to Poor Quality Nursing Homes

Mary Fennell, study leader and professor of sociology and community health at Brown University, found that the elderly among the Hispanic population are more likely than non-Hispanics to live in nursing homes of poor quality.

In traditional Hispanic households, care for family seniors has been handled by adult daughters at home. The dilemma is that there are an increasing amount of young Hispanic women that work outside the home.

When daughters are working full time and unable to attend to older family members during the day, they must seek out a solution. According to Fennell’s study, some 4.5 million senior Hispanics are expected to need care sometime in 2010.

From 2000-2005, the percent of Hispanic residents increased from 5 percent to 6.4 percent, but the percentage of non-Hispanic white residents dropped from just under 83 percent to 79.4 percent.

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