Older people and post-hospital care


Posted on January 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Research into the assessment of older people’s needs after a hospital stay has suggested that what assistance older people receive depends upon who they see and where they live. The research, carried out by the Policy Studies Institute, found that the needs of elderly patients did not necessarily predict service outcomes since care assessment is professional-led and services-led, as much as needs-led. Judith Healy, one of the authors of the report, said the case review of 456 patients in three hospital elderly care units found that almost all patients were assessed, and more than 90% received nursing or social care upon discharge from hospital. “These were vulnerable older people aged 75 years and over,” Ms Healy said. “Despite agreement among staff on which older people patients need home nursing and residential care, getting other community services remains more of a lottery. Given the tendency for referrals and care assessments to be influenced by professional interests, multidisciplinary assessment of old





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