Moving from hospital into a care home: The nurses role in supporting older people

Debra Morgan, Jan Reed, Anthony Palmer

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Discharge planning has received much attention in the nursing literature over the past few years, and there has been particular concern over the discharge of older people back into their domestic environment.

The practical and logistical problems of managing such a discharge are considerable, but in this paper we argue that discharging older people from hospital to care homes is equally problematic, though in different ways.

This is a neglected area of research, perhaps because discharge into a care home seems to present fewer organizational problems.

There is, however, an extensive body of literature from a range of different disciplines which suggests that the loss of home and entry into a strange environment can be very stressful.

This paper outlines this literature and explores the implications for nursing practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)463-471
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Clinical Nursing
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1997


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