Research Article

A psychogeriatric survey of old people's homes.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1981; 283 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.283.6302.1307 (Published 14 November 1981) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1981;283:1307
  1. M G Clarke,
  2. A J Williams,
  3. P A Jones

    Abstract

    An assessment of mental impairment and behavioral disabilities in 289 residents in six old people's homes indicated that 50.6% were probably demented and 54% needed considerable help in daily living, 74% were taking prescribed medication, and 11% were taking four or more prescribed drugs. There was a wide variation between homes in those rated as behaviourally disabled, and in the amount of medication prescribed. A follow-up of 60 mentally impaired residents showed few remediable psychiatric disorders or psychotoxic drug effects. A community psychiatric nurse working with the psychogeriatric team would provide a useful support service to old people's homes, particularly where there is a high proportion of disturbed residents and where the staff lack nursing experience.