Community care cuts nursing home admission rates, researchers findNursing home admission rates among seniors who received complex community-based care after hospital visits were 13% lower compared with those who received usual care or minimum care, according to a new analysis of clinical trial data.
The research team, led by Andrew D. Beswick at the University of Bristol, reviewed data from 89 trials that analyzed the effects of different methods of eldercare and community-based interventions. Interventions included anything from fall prevention and group education to support services and active rehabilitation.
The findings seem to suggest that all elderly people might benefit from these kinds of treatments and interventions, according to the research group, although they note that no particular treatment method is better than another. The paper can be found in the March 1 issue of the medical journal The Lancet.