The Impact of Post Discharge One-Time Home Visit: Bridging the Gap Between Hospital and Home.

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Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria

Patients admitted to the ACE unit during the study time frame, age 65 and over, and residing in the community before and after discharge from the hospital. Selected patients will have complex discharge plans including referrals to home care agencies, poly-pharmacy, multiple co-morbidities, history of repeated hospitalizations, and poor social support systems in the community. In addition, eligible patients will have at least one of eight admitting diagnoses, chosen for their high likelihood of requiring post-discharge home care needs. These diagnosis include: CHF, COPD, coronary artery disease, diabetes mellitus, stroke, hip fracture, peripheral vascular disease or cardiac arrhythmia. The GNP or fellow will then request permission from the patient's primary physician to do a one-time post-discharge home visit.

Exclusion Criteria

Patients discharged to settings other than their homes (i.e. nursing home, sub-acute rehabilitation, etc.)Patients discharged to settings other than their homes (i.e. nursing home, sub-acute rehabilitation, etc.)