Risk factors for nursing home admission among older adults

Analysis of basic movements and activities of daily living

“In recent years, with the rise in global life expectancy, the aging rate is increasing rapidly. In Japan, older adults accounted for 28.8% of the total population in 2020. Typically, when older adults experience illnesses that limit their daily activities, they are initially provided with care at home. However, when these limitations considerably disrupt their caregivers’ lives, older adults are often admitted to nursing homes. Some people may want to spend the last days of their lives at home, where they have always lived. Although family members who have been caring for patients often feel guilty about placing their loved ones in nursing homes, doing so helps reduce their burden. Moreover, institutionalized patients may feel abandoned by their families, their sense of well-being may decline, dementia may progress in diagnosed patients, and depression and anxiety symptoms may appear or become more severe.

In addition, there are several reports of older adults experiencing abuse during their stay at nursing homes. Although admission to nursing homes is not necessarily bad, geriatric researchers and caregivers have taken a keen interest in the factors associated with nursing home placement, and studies have investigated the risk of nursing home placement from various perspectives….”

The research is available to read in full at…

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9882900/

Published online 2023 Jan 27. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0279312

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