Nursing Homes: What is the Assessment Process All About and Why do health authorities want to control it?
In recent weeks, much has been said in public discourse about acute care beds occupied by seniors who are awaiting “placement in a nursing home.” Horizon Health Authority says that 31% of their acute beds are occupied such patients. This, of course, renders these beds inaccessible for post operative care or medical emergency care.
In the long term care system, the nursing home is, by a factor of 40%, the most expensive option for accommodation and care. Many people could be managed at home if the system were organized with proper supports tailored to the individual needs for home care. Others, perhaps up to 40%, could be cared for in Special Care Home facilities. Many of the Special Care Homes in NB provide a superb level of accommodation and care for elders including those with physical and mental challenges. Read more here
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Ken McGeorge, BS,DHA,CHE is a career health care executive based in Fredericton, NB, Canada.