Day hospitals are for rehabilitation of the elderly who may have been ill and by active treatment and supervision maintaining independence when threatened. It may also be useful for the assessment of those patients who do not need to be admitted for this purpose, but who cannot be adequately assessed at home or at an out-patient consultation.
The future role of day hospitals for the elderly: the case for a nursing initiative
Version of Record online: 22 DEC 2006
Journal of Advanced Nursing
Volume 12, Issue 6, pages 683–690, November 1987
How to Cite
Nolan, M. R. (1987), The future role of day hospitals for the elderly: the case for a nursing initiative. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 12: 683–690. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.1987.tb01370.x
- Issue online: 22 DEC 2006
- Version of Record online: 22 DEC 2006
- Accepted for publication 5 December 1986
This paper describes the results of a research project investigating activity levels and consumer perceptions at two contrasting day hospitals for the elderly. Day hospitals traditionally function on a medical model with an important emphasis placed on treatment and discharge. Their claim to provide a therapeutic regime has been questioned however, the suggestion being that there are higher levels of such activities in day centres. The results of this study demonstrate that activity levels at day hospitals are far higher than previous research indicates but that the emphasis on discharge is contrary to the expressed needs of the majority of consumers. In view of the prevailing demographic trends the paper concludes with suggestions for service innovation with specific reference to the role of the nursing profession.