Journal of Gerontological Nursing

KEYPOINTS: DISCHARGE PLANNING

Abstract

Rosswurm, MA, & Lanham, D.M. Discharge Planning for Elderly Patients. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 1998, 24(5):14-21.

1 The functional dependency score, not the illness severity score, is the best predictor of rehospitalization of elderly patients.

2 Family caregivers need to be involved in the discharge planning for elderly patients.

3 Effective discharge planning includes assessments of the elderly patient's daily functioning abilities, the family caregiver's ability to provide care, and the home environmental conditions.…

Rosswurm, MA, & Lanham, D.M. Discharge Planning for Elderly Patients. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 1998, 24(5):14-21.

1 The functional dependency score, not the illness severity score, is the best predictor of rehospitalization of elderly patients.

2 Family caregivers need to be involved in the discharge planning for elderly patients.

3 Effective discharge planning includes assessments of the elderly patient's daily functioning abilities, the family caregiver's ability to provide care, and the home environmental conditions.

10.3928/0098-9134-19980501-09

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