Pre-discharge home visits with older people: time to review practice

Mountain, Gail, and Pighills, Alison (2003) Pre-discharge home visits with older people: time to review practice. Health and Social Care in the Community, 11 (2). pp. 146-154.

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The present review paper uses the available evidence to make a case for a reconsideration of the practice of undertaking pre-discharge home visits with frail older people as part of decisions regarding a return home. This practice is embedded into the routine activity of acute medical wards for older people and occupies a large proportion of the time of hospital employed therapy staff, with consequent financial and resource implications. Assessments are often conducted to provide information on safe discharge rather than being located in the interests of the older person and their carer. The introduction of a new range of services bridging hospital and home raises the need for an urgent, critical appraisal of this practice.

Item ID: 60346
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1365-2524
Keywords: hospital discharge, occupational therapy, older people, predischarge visits
Copyright Information: © 2003 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2021 01:09
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences > 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services) @ 100%
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