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ERIC Number: ED266376
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Nov
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
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Discharged Elderly Nursing Home Care Unit Patients: A Follow-Up Study.
Barnes, Lori; And Others
The success of rehabilitative nursing homes has been measured by their ability to return patients to their homes. The rates of reinstitutionalization after discharge are less studied but are basic to the role of alternative levels of care. This research examines the relationship of predischarge factors with long term outcomes of patients discharged from a rehabilitative nursing home. Participants were non-cancer patients in a Veteran's Administration specialized nursing facility designed to care for patients who require skilled nursing care as opposed to acute hospital care or simply custodial care. Phase I of the study examined demographics, functional status, medical history, and disposition of 452 patients. In Phase II, 316 patients who had been discharged to their homes were administered questionnaires on living arrangements, functional abilities, and health services use. Excluding in-unit mortality, 71 percent of non-cancer patients over age 55 were returned to their homes and 82 percent of those patients remained there with a mortality rate not significantly higher than normal. Length of unit stay, age at admission, and discharge activities of daily living were related to discharge outcome but only current age was significantly related to placement stability. No factor influencing discharge placement was significantly related to mortality. Rates of reinstitutionalization for those at home were low; functional decline after discharge was not significant. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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