OLDER ZOOMERS RECEIVE BETTER HOSPITAL CARE IN SPECIAL UNITS

 

It’s a first of its kind study that promises to reduce injuries among older zoomers and reduce the cost of hospital care.

York University researchers say older adults, hospitalized for serious illness or injury, have fewer falls, less functional decline and earlier discharge from hospital if they are treated in an acute geriatric care unit.

Those units are designed to prevent hospital-acquired complications and functional deterioration associated with common hospital treatments, procedures and care practices for older adults.

The study’s lead author, Professor Mary Fox, at York University’s School of Nursing, points out that older Zoomers account for 50 per cent of Canadian hospital costs.

The study is published in  the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.