Substance abuse and addiction is often overlooked in seniors. What happens when these seniors are discharged from hospital following a medical admission and require physical rehabilitation? “Traditionally, people with these issues have been ‘undesirable admissions’ [to traditional rehabilitation programs]. They may have behaviours that the staff isn’t prepared to cope with. There may be family dynamics.” Jewish Lifecare, a nursing home in Bronx, New York is working toward overcoming this by providing an inpatient rehabilitation program for seniors requiring physical rehabilitation following discharge from hospital who are also addicted to alcohol or prescription drugs. To read more about this innovative program, check out the article "The Addict Down the Hall" by Paula Span (The New York Times).
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