Rehabilitation of the elderly - Influence of age, sex, main diagnosis and activities of daily living (ADL) on the elderly patients' return to their previous living conditions.
Source: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics 25(1):131-139.
Abstract: As part of geriatric rehabilitation, one of the most important goals is to return the elderly patients to the same living conditions they had before being admitted. This study examined how this is influenced by age, sex, diagnosis and daily living conditions. 1845 patients admitted between 1993-1995 were studied. Advancing age increased the number unable to return to their previous living conditions. Sex and main diagnosis were not significantly related to being able to return home. ADL-score on admission was the only parameter significantly associated to returning home. However, since three quarters of the oldest and those most severely impaired upon admission were able to return home, they should not be excluded because of age or degree of dependent services. (CIRRIE Abstract)
Institution: Clin. Med. Rehabilitation Geriatrics, Henriettenfoundation, Schwemannstrasse 19, D-30559 Hannover, Germany