PATIENT DEMOGRAPHIC BLOG (PART TWO): THE RESULTS
- 77 % of Respondents treated residents in the survey period, between the ages of 20 and 60.
Part One Survey Questions & Answers:
- 1. Have you treated a patient/resident in one of the following age groups over the last 3 months? Please choose 1 based on the younger age group having priority.
i. Age 20-30
ii. Age 31-40
iii. Age 41-50
iv. Age 51-60
v. I have not treated anyone in these age ranges
ANSWER: We received responses for all age ranges. Our facilities currently accept residents between the ages of 20 and 60.
- 2. If you selected an age range in the previous question, how many patients/residents have you treated in that age range during the last 3 months?
iv. 10 or more
ANSWER: During the survey period we had three (3) patients between the ages of 20-30, three (3) patients between the ages of 31-40, 10 patients between the ages of 41-50, and 13 patients between the ages of 51-60.
- 3. In the patients/residents that you treated, what was the primary medical diagnosis leading to their admission?
Ages 20-30: Spina Bifida, Cellulitis, Seizure Disorder & Associated Cognitive Impairment
Ages 31-40: Pancreatitis, Muscle Weakness, Open Wound, Traumatic Brain Injury, Multiple Sclerosis
Ages 41-50: Fit and Adjust Cerebral Shunt, Muscle Weakness, Abnormal Gait, Multiple Sclerosis, and Paraplegia with Stage 2 & 3 Pressure Ulcers, COPD with Muscle Weakness, Quadriplegia, and Debility
Ages 51-60: Knee Replacement, Hip Fracture, Sciatica and Shoulder Pain, Colostomy Reversal/Hernia Repair with Muscle Weakness, UTI, Chest Pain, Muscle Weakness, Late Effects CVA, Dysphagia, Pneumonia, Renal Failure, Disfluency, Schizophrenia, COPD, Bipolar, TBI, Schizophrenia, Dementia
- 100% of Respondents who had residents between the ages of 20 and 60 participated in Part Two of this survey.
Part Two Survey Questions & Answers:
- 1. Name the top 3 patient diagnosis that you have seen in the age range of ___ and ____.
Ages 20-30: Spina Bifida, Seizure Disorder, & Associated Cognitive Impairment
Ages 31-40: Pancreatitis, Traumatic Brain Injury, & Multiple Sclerosis
Ages 41-50: Multiple Sclerosis, Paraplegia/Quadriplegia, & COPD
Ages 51-60: Orthopedic Diagnosis (Knee Replacement, Hip Fracture), Cognitive Impairments (Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Dementia, and TBI), & Late Effects CVA
- 2. How many patients did you treat in this age range?
Ages 20-30: Two (2)
Ages 31-40: Three (3)
Ages 41-50: 15
Ages 51-60: Seven (7)
- 3. Of the number of patients listed in #2, how many were discharged for making progress toward and/or meeting all goals?
Ages 20-30: One (1)
Ages 31-40: Three (3)
Ages 41-50: 14
Ages 51-60: Four (4)
- 4. Do you have any Success Stories that you would like to share in regards to working with this age range?
ANSWER: 40% of respondents had Success Stories
- 5. How well did these patients respond to the residents in the facility?
ANSWER: 60% of respondents had positive responses, 40% of respondents had negative responses.
- 6. Did these residents participate in any activities in the facility? If so, please list them.
ANSWER: 80% of respondents reported positive participation in facility activities. 20% of respondents did not participate in facility activities. The activities attended included: Bingo, Outside Activities, Arts & Crafts, Exercise, Facility Outings, Cooking, Trivia, Music, Playing Cards, Church, Beauty Shop, & Smoking.
- 7. If you had an elderly resident with the same diagnosis, would you have treated them the same?
ANSWER: 90% of respondents would have treated these residents the same, taking care to individualize the plan of care based on patient responses to assessments. 10% of respondents reported that age would play a factor in the services rendered for residents with similar diagnoses.
- 8. Did age play a factor in your treatment plan?
ANSWER: 50% of respondents reported that age would not play a factor, 20% reported that it would play a factor, and 30% of respondents reported that would play a small factor.
Even though there are residents between the ages of 20 and 60 in our LTC facilities, there are more residents between the ages of 41 and 60 (82%), than the 20- 40 (18%) age range. The primary admitting diagnoses appear to be directly related to the age ranges of the residents. There also appears to be a correlation between younger residents not being discharged secondary to meeting all therapy goals. Barriers to progress may possibly be related to their Medical Conditions. The majority of residents in this population responded positively to residents and activities. The majority of therapists reported that they did not treat residents differently based on their age, but, some therapists gave specific examples of when age would play a factor. For example, a 40 year old resident with a Total Knee Replacement would have higher level goals than an 80 year old with the same condition; however, the therapists reported that the difference would primarily be based on the prior level of function and the discharge plan/destination, as opposed to being solely “age-related.”
As a direct result of this study, our Clinical Managers would like to introduce Part 3 of this Blog Series. It is entitled “Success Stories.” Over the next several weeks, we plan to share some of those stories with you. Hopefully this may either inspire or educate our peers, family members, center staff, home owners, or loved ones, regarding the “good things” being done in Long Term Care Facilities.