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Making a rehabilitation hospital for the elderly work.

Rosenberg, W; Parkes, J; Jenkins, A; Denham, MJ; Royston, JP; Sullens, CM; ... Dobbs, SM; + view all (1986) Making a rehabilitation hospital for the elderly work. Health Trends , 18 (3) 66 - 71.

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We report our efforts to make a rehabilitation hospital work. The simple intervention of introducing a patient record system, in which problems, management, achievements and discharge plans were clearly documented, doubled the number of patients who returned home over an eight-month period. This resulted in greater availability of acute geriatric beds at the District General Hospital (DGH), where two thirds of the elderly medical inpatients occupy beds on other units, and in an improvement in morale of patients and staff. Greater co-operation between geriatric and medical teams in selecting those patients who would benefit from continuing rehabilitation is required. The advantages of accommodating such patients separately from patients with a poor prognosis and those requiring long-term care are discussed.

Title:Making a rehabilitation hospital for the elderly work.
Keywords:Aged, England, Health Services for the Aged, Humans, Medical Records, Medical Records, Problem-Oriented, Rehabilitation Centers

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