Utahns living in nursing homes are there because they need round-the-clock medical care. Most are getting the attention they need, according to a new report, but those who aren't can face life-threatening situations.
Utah has the youngest population in the nation, but the second lowest death rate, so the number of older residents is growing fast. Reports like this one that indicate how well Utah's 88 nursing homes are run and how safe and well-cared-for their resident are should be of concern to state policy makers.
By 2030 the percentage of Utahns age 85 or older will be nearly twice what it was in the year 2000. The percentage of the population age 65 and older will jump from 8.5 percent to 13.2 percent; those 60 and older will make up 17.1 percent in 2030, up from 11.3 percent in 2000. While Utah likely will remain one of the "youngest" states, the increase in older Utahns will mean a growing need for specialized living arrangements for aging residents.