Less Numbers of Care Home Elderly Hospitalized: Good or Bad?
After analyzing records of hospital and social care centers, researchers have found that in comparison to elderly who are living in their own homes, a very small number of those living in residential care centers are brought to the local hospitals for treatments or some kind of medications.
Now, the reason behind this could be any. There is a possibility that in care homes they get enough of care and health facilities that they don't need to visit hospitals, or else there could be a discrimination made between these two groups of elderly people.
For conducting this study, researchers analyzed health records of more than 120,000 older people and they found that when it comes to routine checkups, only half of the people in care homes are expected to visit their local hospital.
The research also showed that among the group of elderly who were receiving care in the hospitals, most of them were brought to the hospital last year, either for an emergency operation or as an outpatient. Also, among them 73% of patients were receiving care in their homes prior to their admission in the hospital and only 58% were from care homes.
With a possibility of care homes acting as an alternate for hospitals, Dr Martin Bardsley, the head of research at Nuffield Trust said this pattern could be either a "good thing" or a "bad thing".