A mobile rehabilitation team program to assist patients in nursing homes rehabilitate and return to their homes.
Source: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics 20(3):255-261.
Abstract: A mobile rehabilitation team (MRT) that was based at the hospital visited nursing homes and helped to develop a slow-stream treatment program for the patients who were frail elderly and had been discharged from the hospital after they had a major illness. The physiotherapy services were provided by the nursing homes and medical, nursing, occupational therapy, and social work services were provided by the MRT on the basis of weekly visits. There were two groups including the group that received the supports and the control group (the group that was discharged from the hospital at the same time but did not receive any supports). Both the groups were then matched for age, gender, and ADL level. The results for the two groups were found to be significantly different. The results indicated that 64% (N=21) of the patients who were supported (N=33) were discharged in comparison to the 9% (N=2) of the 23 control participants (chi (2) = 15.6, df. = 1, P < 0.05). It was realized that a nursing home that was modestly supported would provide good potential for rehabilitating patients. (CIRRIE Abstract)
Institution: Department of Aged Care, The St George Hospital, Belgrave Street, Sydney, NSW 2217, Australia
Subject headings: Abstracts, Geriatric rehabilitation, HIV, Nursing, Nursing homes, Occupational therapy, Older adults, Physical therapy, Program evaluation, Psychosocial factors, Rehabilitation, Service delivery, Teamwork