Home Can Be A Safer Place to Get Well

This article in an Irish newspaper alludes to another compelling reason for the elderly to age-in-place, in their homes-- hospitals are often not the place to get well, and indeed a patient may come in with one illness only to be exposed to others: The lives of elderly nursing home patients are being put at risk by the actions of acute hospitals, according to the Irish Nursing Homes Organisation.

This follows revelations that an 84-year-old woman, who was diagnosed with Clostridium Difficile, was sent to a nursing home by hospital staff, despite being gravely ill and a serious risk to other patients.