Home Hospital program: A pilot study

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OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the basic safety and feasibility of hospital care at home (Home Hospital (HH)) for treating acutely ill older persons requiring hospitalization. DESIGN: Prospective case series SETTINGS AND PARTICIPANTS: Community-dwelling persons aged 65 and older requiring acute hospital admission for community-acquired pneumonia, chronic heart failure, chronic obstructive airways disease, or cellulitis. RESULTS: Seventeen subjects were treated in HH. One hundred twenty-two could not be enrolled because they presented for admission at times when HH was not operational. Six patients refused to enroll in HH. Subjects treated in HH had comparable clinical outcomes to those treated in the acute hospital and were highly satisfied with HH. Charges for HH care were 60% of those for the acute hospital care. CONCLUSIONS: In this pilot study, HH was safe, feasible, highly satisfactory, and cost-effective for certain acutely ill older persons who required acute hospitalization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)697-702
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Geriatrics Society
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1999


  • Home care services
  • Home hospital

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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