BUPA census highlights increased dependencies

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

In what it says is the biggest census of care home residents ever undertaken in the UK, BUPA Care Homes has surveyed 18,000 care home residents, showing that most residents suffer from incontinence, have problems with mobility and are confused and forgetful. The survey builds on research first undertaken in 2003 on the dependency needs of residents in BUPA’s 298 care homes across the UK. It shows that: # Nearly half of residents are both immobile and incontinent. # 82 percent are confused or forgetful, depressed or agitated. # More than three quarters need help with their mobility or are immobile. # More than two thirds suffer from neurodegenerative disease such as dementia, stroke or Parkinson’s disease. # 73 percent are incontinent. The survey also shows that nine out of 10 residents had a medical reason for seeking specialist nursing care and that the average age of a resident in a BUPA care home is 83 years old. BUPA Care Homes managing director Mark Ellerby said the survey results were a realistic sn

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