Who lives in Scotland’s care homes? Descriptive analysis using routinely collected social care data 2012–16

Burton, J. K. , Lynch, E., Love, S., Rintoul, J., Starr, J. M. and Shenkin, S. D. (2019) Who lives in Scotland’s care homes? Descriptive analysis using routinely collected social care data 2012–16. Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, 49(1), pp. 12-22. (doi: 10.4997/JRCPE.2019.103) (PMID:30838985)

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Abstract

Background: Adults living in long-term care are a significant and complex population who are under-represented in research using traditional methodologies. Methods: The aim of this study was to provide the first description of the adult care home population and their homes, using routinely collected data. A retrospective descriptive analysis was performed using the Scottish Care Home Census (SCHC) between 1 April 2012 and 31 March 2016. Results: Data are from 1,299 care home services (79.3–89.7% completeness), including 34,399–39,311 residents per year across all regions of Scotland. A total of 68% of residents are female, with median age 84 years. 27% fund their own care. Over 85% of self-funded residents receive free personal care allowance. Around 60% require care from a registered nurse and 49% have a formal diagnosis of dementia. The majority of admissions come from hospital (46%). Between 13 and 17% of residents die annually, with a median time to death of 596–653 days. Conclusions: This study provides the most comprehensive descriptive data of UK care home residents available. There is scope to enhance the information available through linkage to other routine sources.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Burton, Dr Jenni
Authors: Burton, J. K., Lynch, E., Love, S., Rintoul, J., Starr, J. M., and Shenkin, S. D.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences
Journal Name:Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Publisher:Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
ISSN:1478-2715
ISSN (Online):2042-8189
Published Online:06 March 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
First Published:First published in Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh 49(1): 12-22
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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