Stroke, Hip Break Lead to Nursing Home

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Being hospitalized for an acute event, such as a stroke or hip fracture, can lead to long-term institutionalization in a nursing home, U.S. researchers found.

Lead author Dr. James S. Goodwin, director of the Sealy Center on Aging at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, found direct discharge to a skilled nursing facility —a common practice designed to reduce hospital stays—put patients at "extremely high risk" of needing long-term nursing home care.

Goodwin said the findings suggest programs aimed at helping older patients recuperate at home instead of in an institutional setting could greatly improve their health outcomes and reduce healthcare costs.

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