Discharge planning for dementia patients: factors influencing caregiver decisions and satisfaction

Health Soc Work. 1996 May;21(2):97-104. doi: 10.1093/hsw/21.2.97.


Discharge planning is a major concern of hospitals as they seek to reduce costs associated with prolonged lengths of hospital stays, prevent subsequent readmissions, and ensure that discharge dispositions are appropriate. This process can be even more complicated when the patient is suffering from dementia and the family has primary responsibility for the discharge outcome. Data on the discharge process and caregiver satisfaction with it were collected from 179 caregivers of hospitalized dementia patients. The findings indicate that social workers are important influences in the discharge decisions but are significantly more influential when the discharge is to a nursing home. Findings from regression analyses indicate that caregiver satisfaction is dependent on the amount of caregiver involvement in the process.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living / classification
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Caregivers / psychology*
  • Consumer Behavior*
  • Cost Control / trends
  • Cost of Illness
  • Decision Making
  • Dementia / economics
  • Dementia / psychology
  • Dementia / rehabilitation*
  • District of Columbia
  • Female
  • Home Nursing / economics
  • Homes for the Aged / economics
  • Humans
  • Length of Stay / economics
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nursing Homes / economics
  • Patient Discharge / economics*