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Study reveals the changing health profiles of new long-term care residents in Ontario

03/02/2020

 
 
A study led by Amy Hsu, PhD, reveals the increasing complexity of residents in long-term care across Ontario. She and her team examined 16 years of ICES data and analysed it using a custom computer algorithm.

Key Findings:

  • The number of people who are 85+ years old increased fmo 45% to 54%
  • 1-in-4 long-term care residents will have 7+ chronic conditions upon entry
  • 1-in-2 residents now have dementia upon admission to long-term care
  • 66% of long-term care residents now have 9+ prescription medications
  • New residents are now more likely to have physical and cognitive impairments upon admission
These findings were published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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