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Arch Gerontol Geriatr. 1995 May-Jun;20(3):255-61.

A mobile rehabilitation team program to assist patients in nursing homes rehabilitate and return to their homes.

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Department of Aged Care, The St George Hospital, Belgrave Street, Sydney, NSW 2217, Australia.

Abstract

A slow-stream rehabilitation program for frail elderly patients was developed utilising nursing homes visited by a mobile rehabilitation team (MRT) based at the hospital from which these patients had been discharged following major illness. The nursing homes were able to provide physiotherapy and the MRT contributed medical, nursing, occupational therapy and social work support through weekly visits. The supported group and a control group (also discharged to nursing homes from the same hospital but unsupported) were matched for age, sex and ADL level. Outcomes for the two groups were compared and were significantly different. Of the supported group (N = 33), 64% (N = 21) were discharged home compared with only 9% (N = 2) of the 23 control subjects (chi2 = 15.6, df. = 1, P < 0.05). The potential for patient rehabilitation in a modestly supported nursing home was realised.

PMID:
15374235

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