Research Article

Augmented home nursing as an alternative to hospital care for chronic elderly invalids.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1982; 284 doi: (Published 30 January 1982) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1982;284:330
  1. F J Gibbins,
  2. M Lee,
  3. P R Davison,
  4. P O'Sullivan,
  5. M Hutchinson,
  6. D R Murphy,
  7. C N Ugwa


    A scheme of augmented home care for disabled elderly invalids is compared with long-stay hospital care. Initial results suggest that selected patients may be suitable for home care if they can be left unsupervised at night or if a relative is available to provide supervision. The cost of such care is in most cases cheaper than keeping the patient in hospital, and schemes such as this might reduce the need for additional long-stay geriatric beds to meet the necessary demands of our growing elderly population.