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The reclassification of elderly people following admission to residential aged care


Robinson, A and Rumble, RH and Francis, BL, The reclassification of elderly people following admission to residential aged care, Australasian Journal on Ageing, 25, (2) pp. 101-103. ISSN 1440-6381 (2006) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1741-6612.2006.00160.x


Objectives: To determine the incidence of, and factors associated with, the reclassification of level of care needs of older people following admission to a residential aged care facility (RACF) in Tasmania. Method: Focus group discussions with 11 Directors of Nursing of RACFs were conducted to inform the development of a questionnaire, which was administered to all residential aged care providers in the State. Results: More than 10% of elderly people admitted to a RACF in Tasmania are subject to a reclassification from high to low care or vice versa within 60 days of admission. The study also revealed a number of variables associated with reclassification. Conclusions: Reclassification of residents is often considered to be a ‘significant problem’. To reduce the incidence of reclassification many RACFs conduct their own assessments. Dementia, admission of hospital inpatients and greater than 6 months since an ACAT assessment represent the key predictors of reclassification.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:aged;needs assessment;nursing homes
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Aged care nursing
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Other health
Objective Field:Other health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Robinson, A (Professor Andrew Robinson)
UTAS Author:Rumble, RH (Dr Roger Rumble)
UTAS Author:Francis, BL (Mrs Bronwin Francis)
ID Code:40205
Year Published:2006
Deposited By:Pharmacy
Deposited On:2006-08-01
Last Modified:2011-05-12

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