A study of the characteristics and needs of people transferred from acute hospitals to nursing homes

R.B. Lefroy, M. Davey, Michael Hobbs, J. Hyndman

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Objectives: To describe the categories of people being approved for admission to nursing homes; to consider whether any alternatives would have been more appropriate; and to outline the care needed for each category.Participants and setting: Patients in acute-care facilities in metropolitan Perth for whom a request had been made for nursing home admission.Design: Patients were interviewed (by R B L and M D) and records in the acute hospital were examined. A second interview of those patients still available was conducted after their transfer to the nursing home.Results: Nursing care was considered necessary for 123 of the 201 people seen in the acute hospitals; domestic care in a standard hostel for 24 people; care in a special dementia unit (SDU) hostel for 26 people; and care in a psychiatric institution for 16 people. Twelve others had various specific needs. Several different categories were identified in the group needing nursing care.Conclusions: Applicants for nursing home admission do not form a homogeneous group; there are several categories with different needs. SDU hostels should be added to the available facilities. In addition to undertaking the assessment of nursing home applicants, personnel from geriatric services should be encouraged to become involved in their continuing care.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)385-388
JournalMedical Journal of Australia
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1993


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