PMID: 107580Jan 1, 1979

The long-term treatment of the aged. An assessment method

Scandinavian Journal of Social Medicine
H SimonenL E Tötterman

Abstract

The aim of this investigation was to construct three parameters and assess their value as admission criteria for long-term institutional care of the aged, viz. medical dependence, nursing dependence, and dementia. The material consisted of 200 applicants, of whom 150 were admitted to institutions. The need for personal care was measured by means of a test method developed at the Wasa Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden, and the dementia test comprised five subtests, each of which measures a distinct field of mental function. Both dementia and nursing dependence were found to increase with age, and there was a highly significant correlation between nursing dependence and age. There was also a highly significant correlation between nursing dependence and degree of dementia. The changes in nursing dependence 3 and 6 months after admission showed a significant correlation with the test scores for dementia. The nursing dependence of the moderately or severely demented persons had increased in 6 months after admission by approximately 100%. The test results of dementia were used as the sole, decisive criterion in 24% of admissions; medical dependence alone decided the choice of institution in 22% and nursing dependence in 15%. Two or three ...Continue Reading

References

Jan 1, 1964·Gerontologia Clinica·B ISAACS, F A WALKEY

Citations

Jun 1, 1992·Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care·H A Nygaard, G Albrektsen
Nov 1, 1992·Journal of the American Geriatrics Society·K JuvaR Tilvis

Related Concepts

Senile Paranoid Dementia
Geriatric Nursing
Long-term Care
Nursing Homes
Outcome and Process Assessment (Health Care)
Psychological Tests (Procedure)

Trending Feeds

COVID-19

Coronaviruses encompass a large family of viruses that cause the common cold as well as more serious diseases, such as the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19; formally known as 2019-nCoV). Coronaviruses can spread from animals to humans; symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties; in more severe cases, infection can lead to death. This feed covers recent research on COVID-19.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a disease characterized by unexplained disabling fatigue; the pathology of which is incompletely understood. Discover the latest research on chronic fatigue syndrome here.

Systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

Systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis is a rare rheumatic disease that affects children. Symptoms include joint pain, but also fevers and skin rashes. Here is the latest on this disease.

Chromatin Regulation and Circadian Clocks

The circadian clock plays an important role in regulating transcriptional dynamics through changes in chromatin folding and remodelling. Discover the latest research on Chromatin Regulation and Circadian Clocks here.

Central Pontine Myelinolysis

Central Pontine Myelinolysis is a neurologic disorder caused most frequently by rapid correction of hyponatremia and is characterized by demyelination that affects the central portion of the base of the pons. Here is the latest research on this disease.

Myocardial Stunning

Myocardial stunning is a mechanical dysfunction that persists after reperfusion of previously ischemic tissue in the absence of irreversible damage including myocardial necrosis. Here is the latest research.

Pontocerebellar Hypoplasia

Pontocerebellar hypoplasias are a group of neurodegenerative autosomal recessive disorders with prenatal onset, atrophy or hypoplasia of the cerebellum, hypoplasia of the ventral pons, microcephaly, variable neocortical atrophy and severe mental and motor impairments. Here is the latest research on pontocerebellar hypoplasia.

Cell Atlas Along the Gut-Brain Axis

Profiling cells along the gut-brain axis at the single cell level will provide unique information for each cell type, a three-dimensional map of how cell types work together to form tissues, and insights into how changes in the map underlie health and disease of the GI system and its crosstalk with the brain. Disocver the latest research on single cell analysis of the gut-brain axis here.

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative disease that occurs in individuals that suffer repetitive brain trauma. Discover the latest research on traumatic encephalopathy here.