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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.