Impact of home care versus alternative locations of care on elder health outcomes: an overview of systematic reviews

by Laura Boland, France Légaré, Maria Margarita Becerra Perez et al.
BMC Geriatrics, 2017 17:20 – Published: 14 January 2017

15 pp. 1.3 MB
http://bmcgeriatr.biomedcentral.com/track/pdf/10.1186/s12877-016-0395-y?
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Many elders struggle with the decision to remain at home or to move to an alternative location of care. A person’s location of care can influence health and wellbeing. Healthcare organizations and policy makers are increasingly challenged to better support elders’ dwelling and health care needs. A summary of the evidence that examines home care compared to other care locations can inform decision making. The findings support positive health impacts of home support interventions for community dwelling elders compared to independent living at home. There is insufficient evidence to determine the impact of alternative care locations on elders’ health. Additional research targeting housing and care options for the elderly is needed.

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