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A comparison of the clinical status of elderly disabled people in local authority residential care and hospital care
Author(s)T Kondratowicz, D Wilkin
Corporate AuthorResearch Section, Psychogeriatric Unit, University Hospital of South Manchester; Departments of Psychiatry and Community Medicine, University of Manchester
PublisherUniversity Hospital of South Manchester, Psychogeriatric Unit, Manchester, 1981
Pages7 pp + appendices (Research report, no 3)
SourceResearch Section, Psychogeriatric Unit, University Hospital of South Manchester, Manchester M20 8LR.
KeywordsPhysical disabilities ; Patients ; Residents [care homes] ; Evaluation ; Comparison.
AnnotationClinical assessments of 19 matched pairs of disabled old people in geriatric wards and Part III residential homes revealed that 92% were suffering from a psychiatric disorder. The main difference between geriatric patients and residents was the concentration of coarse neurological sequalae of arterio-sclerotic brain disease among the former, and of senile dementia among the latter. Both groups required a high degree of basic physical care which was adequately provided in the different settings. Specialist therapy, which was also needed by both groups, was more likely to be available in hospital. It is suggested that such therapy could be provided outside the hospital setting, thus enabling older people to remain in more congenial surroundings. (RH).
Accession NumberCPA-930519117 B
ClassmarkBN: LF: KX: 4C: 48

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