Factors influencing transition to care homes for people with dementia in Northern Ireland

Zafeiridi – 2021 – Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions – Wiley Online Library

Abstract
Introduction

The increasing number of people with dementia (PwD) is a significant health and financial challenge for countries. PwD often transition to a care home. This study explored factors predicting transition to care homes for PwD and the place and causes of death.

Methods

Data about dementia medication, care home transitions, demographic characteristics, deaths, and hospital admissions were extracted from national databases from 2010 to 2016.

Results

PwD (n = 25,418) were identified through prescriptions of dementia medication, from which 11,930 transitioned to care homes. A logistic regression showed that increased age, female sex, living in less deprived and urban areas, and hospital admissions predicted this transition. PwD who transition to care homes are more likely to die there. The most common cause of death was dementia.

Discussion

Certain demographic characteristics are significant predictors for care home transitions and they should be considered in the development of early community-based care services to delay transitions. In the last decades, dementia has been reported more frequently in death certificates.

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Source: Factors influencing transition to care homes for people with dementia in Northern Ireland – Zafeiridi – 2021 – Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions – Wiley Online Library

Published by Residential Forum

The Residential Forum is to promote the achievement of high standards of care and support for children and adults living in residential care and nursing homes, supported housing, residential schools and colleges, hospices and hostels. It contributes to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for service users and carers.

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