Research Article

Changes in behavioural characteristics of elderly populations of local authority homes and long-stay hospital wards, 1976-7.

Br Med J 1978; 2 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.2.6147.1274 (Published 04 November 1978) Cite this as: Br Med J 1978;2:1274
  1. D Wilkin,
  2. T Mashiah,
  3. D J Jolley

    Abstract

    Behavioural characteristics of the elderly populations of seven local authority residential homes and three long-stay hospital wards were assessed in 1976 and 1977 with the Crichton Royal behavioural rating scale. In 1977 the levels of behavioural problems had increased in the residential homes, but declined in the hospital wards. Differences between the homes had decreased as the overall level of problems increased. The findings suggested that the additional burden of caring for increasing numbers of severely disabled elderly people was affecting the balance of institutional care, and a radical reappraisal of present patterns of care may be necessary to meet their future needs.