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A profile of the length of stay and characteristics of the elderly in subsidised homes for the aged in the Durban metropolitan area

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dc.contributor.advisor Adejumo O, Mr en
dc.contributor.author Nel DL en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T10:15:36Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T10:15:36Z
dc.date.submitted 1998 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/81082
dc.description.abstract This study describes a profile of the length of stay and characteristics of the elderly. The purpose of the study was to provide data where there had been an apparent lack. The information would inform nurses, administrators and policy makers on the elderly who resided in frail homes. The objectives were to determine the length of stay of the elderly and the frequency of discharges and deaths. Also to establish a profile of the following characteristics age, gender, race, marital status, admission diagnosis, pre-admission score on the functional assessment form (wah/2) and pre - admission domicile. Another objective was to determine statistically significant relationships between the length of stay and the resident's characteristics. The study is supported by the use of, and integration of Orem's self care model. The design was a retrospective chart survey. The sample size was 424 case records of deceased or discharges residents during the period 1 July 1996 to 30 June 1997, at twelve institutions in the Durban metropolitan area in South Africa. The sample was achieved using stratified random sampling. The findings of the study illustrated the similarities and differences of the frail population in the Durban area compared to international studies. A large number of the sample group (75.5 percent) died, it was also found that the period between the second and sixth month had the greatest amount of deaths. One year after admission 56.8 percent of the sample had died. Statistically significant associations were, between length of stay and functional score (Wah/2 form), pre- admission domicile and those cases that died and their diagnosis on admission. The recommendations emanating from this study encompass the areas of policy affecting the elderly, nursing practice, nursing education and the need for further research. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject Medical sciences: Nursing en
dc.subject Geriatric nursing en
dc.title A profile of the length of stay and characteristics of the elderly in subsidised homes for the aged in the Durban metropolitan area en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MCur en


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