Nursing home residents are most likely to be widowed women, aged
80 years or more who, after living alone prior to admission, rely
on a higher level of care than ever before, according to a report
released today by the Australian Institute of Health and
Nursing Homes in Australia 1995-96, shows that 72,682
Australians were living in nursing homes at 30 June 1996. Of these,
more than 70% were women and almost 60 per cent of them were
widowed, compared with 25 per cent of men. More than half of female
residents are 85 years or older.
Acting Head of the AIHW's Aged Care Unit Dr Anne Jenkins, said
that the report shows an increased level of dependency among
residents in 1996 than in previous years.
"Around 50 per cent of residents needed more than 23 hours of
care each week, and another 37 per cent needed 19 to 24 hours of
care," Dr Jenkins said.
There were 44,244 admissions to nursing homes in 1995-96, 25 per
cent of which were admissions for short-term respite care.
"Approximately half of these residents were in hospitals when they
applied for admission to nursing homes. This proportion was
slightly higher for men compared with women," Dr Jenkins said.
Other findings of Nursing Homes in Australia 1995-96
The report is the first in the AIHW's new Aged Care Statistics
Series which is jointly published by the AIHW and the Commonwealth
Department of Health and Family Services.
12 November 1997
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