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Seniors’ needs and care settings: Improving alignment

Is residential care the right setting? About 1 in 5 seniors admitted to residential care have needs similar to those of individuals supported in the community.

What increases the odds of admission to residential care? The following factors, in decreasing order of influence: being assessed in hospital; cognitive impairment; requiring physical assistance; living alone; having a caregiver unable to continue providing care; and wandering behaviours.

When assessed in hospital versus in the community, seniors with moderate priority are 8.7 times more likely to be admitted to residential care.

When assessed in hospital versus the in community, seniors with very high priority are 3.5 times more likely to be admitted to residential care.