Although 73-year-old Ruth Jewell has had to manage a number of ailments, ranging from arthritis to diabetes, thanks to a new service, the Michigan resident has made a return to independent living.
LivingstonDaily.com reports that Jewell was first moved into a nursing home after she suffered a stroke during surgery for a brain tumor, and she could not wait to return home.
That was when the Nursing Facility Transition Program, which is run by the Area Agency on Aging 1-B and provides qualified individuals with the tools necessary to make the transition to living on their own, gave her the essentials like a dresser, couch and hospital bed.
Since moving back home, Jewell has been able to shop and visit friends and her quality of life has improved.
"I'm just glad I did it because I was getting depressed in the nursing home," Jewell told the news source.
This service could be a useful tool, as the typical nursing home stay is over 2 years. According to the Centers for Disease Control 1.5 million Americans are currently in nursing homes, with the average time of admission being 835 days.