Long term care in a Newfoundland region

Gruchy, Jennette (2010) Long term care in a Newfoundland region. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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The St. John's region in Newfoundland, Canada had a population of 8435 ≥ 75 years in 1996, with 996 nursing home (NH) beds and 550 supervised care (SC) beds. However, only 116 SC beds were available at this time in the city of St. John's, where the majority of this at risk population lived. A single entry system to these institutions was implemented in 1995. To determine the need for long term care (LTC) two incident cohorts requesting placement were studied in 1995/96 (n=467) and in 1999/00 (n=464). Degree of disability was determined using the Residents Utilization Groups-III Classification (RUGs) and the Alberta Resource Classification System (ARCS). Time to placement and survival were measured. Factors predicting placement into LTC and mortality were determined. To determine the impact of the single entry system, clients of six NHs were assessed in 1997 (n=1044) and in 2003 (n=963). -- The number requiring placement increased from 392 to 431 from 1995/96 to 1999/00, an increase of 10% over four years. The population increase in those ≥ 75 years during this time was 8%. Comparing the two time periods, demographic characteristics were similar in the two incident cohorts. The proportion with no indicators for NH was the same (36%), and the proportion sent to SC was 25 and 28% in 1995/96 and 1999/00, respectively. There was no difference in RUGs classification between the two incident cohorts and the proportion classified as high level of care i.e., 6/7 on ARCS remained the same (22 vs. 23%). NH clients in 2003 differed from those in 1997; in 2003 the mean length of stay was shorter (3.7 vs. 4.5 years); the proportion with no indicators for NH care was smaller (10 vs. 19%); the proportion requiring special care/clinically complex was higher (45 vs. 30%); and the proportion with a low level ARCS i.e., 1/2 was smaller (16 vs. 25%). This suggests that clients admitted to NH care following the start of a single entry system were more appropriately placed than before. Time to placement was unchanged for SC and NH care comparing both time periods. Time to placement in SC was much faster than in NHs. Independent factors which influenced time to placement included residence, RUGs, panel recommendation, sex, and age. Time from panel assessment to death for those recommended for SC was unchanged in both incident cohorts (3.09 vs. 3.02 years), as was those recommended for NH (2.35 vs. 2.23 years). Independent factors that influenced mortality included RUGs, sex and age. Using optimal methods of placement in 1995/96, as defined by a decision tree, the need for NHs decreased (75 to 37%); for SC increased (25 to 37%); and SC for cognitive impairment (CI) was 26%. In 1999/00, the need for NHs decreased (72 to 44%); for SC increased (28 to 36%); and SC for CI was 20%. Using optimal methods of placement, a deficit of 253 SC beds in the city and an excess of 235 outside the city would occur by 2014. An excess of 692 NH beds in the city and a deficit of 164 outside the city will exist. A total of 251 SC beds for the CI are crucial. -- It was concluded that the St. John's region had an excess of NH beds and a geographic imbalance of SC beds leading to over-utilization of NH beds. The single entry system succeeded in improving the appropriateness of utilization of NH beds. Nonetheless, SC facilities for the elderly with modest disability and for those with CI are necessary, as is a reduction in NH beds.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/8861
Item ID: 8861
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (leaves 154-163).
Department(s): Medicine, Faculty of
Date: 2010
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Canada--Newfoundland and Labrador
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Long-term care facilities--Newfoundland and Labrador--Evaluation; Older people--Care--Newfoundland and Labrador; Population aging--Newfoundland and Labrador
Medical Subject Heading: Homes for the Aged--Newfoundland and Labrador; Nursing Homes--Newfoundland and Labrador

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