Characteristics and Functional Outcomes of Elderly Rehabilitation Patients


  • Lorraine C. Mion, MSN RN; department of nursing; Cleveland Metropolitan General/Highland View Hospital; Cleveland, OH.


Sixty-seven patients admitted to a geriatric rehabilitation unit were assessed from admission to discharge by their primary nurses for functional outcomes and demographic characteristics. The patients had a mean age of 78.1 years and a mean length of stay of 58.6 days. Patients with an admitting diagnosis of a recent leg amputation were discharged more independent in ADL than those admitted following a recent stroke. Sixty-nine percent of the patients were discharged home. Patients sent home were significantly more independent in ADL than those who did not return home. Almost all patients continued to improve in physical ADL and felt they were managing adequately or well in the home setting.