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The Effect of Hospitalization on Nursing Home Residents

The Effect of Hospitalization on Nursing Home ResidentsThe Effect of Hospitalization on Nursing Home Residents

Hospitalizations can have adverse effects on patients, especially repeated visits. An article in the New York Times discussed a study published in the journal Neurology. According to the study, elderly patients who are hospitalized are at a much higher risk of cognitive problems afterward. Hospital stays have also been found to interfere with an older person’s physical functioning and ability to perform the so-called activities of daily living including bathing, toileting, dressing, etc.

Furthermore, hospitalizing nursing home residents also can cause anxiety and discomfort for the individual not to mention significant healthcare costs. Preventing unnecessary hospitalizations can help improving residents lives overall and provide a better level of care.

Frail and chronically ill adults often experience hospitalizations. However, sometimes the hospitalizations are preventable. Some possible examples listed in the LTQA white paper are hospital admissions for diabetes and chronic cardiac conditions.

Reducing the number of hospitalizations can help not only ease healthcare and transition costs for residents, but it increases the capacity of care nursing homes provide for patients and can help improve their overall well-being.

Federal and state health policies are in a period of flux right now. As we adapt to the new healthcare reforms, the impact may affect nursing and assisted living homes as well. Another issue that has come to light is the plight of unnecessary hospitalizations. The Long-Term Quality Alliance issued a white paper last year dealing with preventable hospitalizations. The goal is to set a framework and better define and address hospitalizations when it comes to long-term care facilities such as nursing and assisted living homes.

How do you think our healthcare system can work together to prevent potentially avoidable hospitalizations for senior residents? How do you determine when a hospitalization is necessary for a patient? We’d love to hear from you.

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