The impact of moving out of nursing homes into community-based settings was assessed by comparing the health, community functioning, and lifestyle satisfaction of movers and nonmovers at Time 1 and 3 years later at Time 2. We also examined whether age was a significant factor in outcomes of the transfers. The sample included 165 nonmovers and 67 movers age 30 years and older who initially were living in nursing homes. Findings indicated that movers showed benefits of improved health and community functioning. In addition, interviews with residents indicated higher increases in lifestyle satisfaction for the movers versus the nonmovers. Age of the residents did not have a significant impact on the effects of transferring out of nursing homes.

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