Patients who reside in long-term care facilities for extended periods offer many health care challenges.
Recognition of early signs of illness, care transitions, and underutilization of community resources are common concerns.
Minimizing the need for hospitalization, maximizing the coordination of care, finding ways to incorporate the wishes of patients into the care they receive, and reducing stress on loved ones should be the goal of everyone involved in resident care.
For more info, see Bowman and Forbes (2015). Addressing needs of LTC facility residents during acute hospitalization. MEDSURG Nursing, 24(6), 403-406.