ERIC Number: ED320050
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Persons with AIDS/HIV and Nursing Homes.
Linsk, Nathan L.; Cich, Patricia J.
This study examined the experience and planned activities regarding nursing home admissions of persons with Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Surveys were sent to 235 nursing home administrators in Illinois to obtain information on the facility, staff needs and experiences in service provision to persons with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, admissions and finances, and respondent information. Responses from 54 nursing homes revealed that fewer than 10% of the facilities received referrals and none reported admissions of persons with AIDS. A variety of issues were reported that blocked prospective care of persons with AIDS. Reimbursement concerns predominated, with 25-47% of respondents potentially willing to admit persons with AIDS if given adequate reimbursement. Anticipated staffing concerns included fear of attrition and recruitment problems, staff resistance, family concerns and training and supervision. Concerns about residents included resident fears and lack of information, capability to care for persons with AIDS-related illnesses and issues about age mix of residents. Within the homes, activities included discussion of the AIDS issues and sending staff to AIDS education programs. These findings suggest that, while education provided to nursing home administrators and staff may quell some fears about infection control and the clinical picture of care for persons with AIDS-related illnesses, more adequate protocols for assessment, reimbursement, and referral linkages are needed to facilitate appropriate care. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Earlier version of paper presented at the Annual International Conference on AIDS (5th, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, June 4-9, 1989).