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Table 1 Characteristics of people admitted to temporary and permanent residential care homes (data are percentages unless otherwise stated; SD = standard deviation) (N=2,576)

From: Estimating length of stay in publicly-funded residential and nursing care homes: a retrospective analysis using linked administrative data sets

  Temp. Temp. Temp. Temp. Perm. Perm. Perm. Perm.
  Coastal town (n=380) Rural county (n=820) London suburb (n=131) All sites (n=1,331) Coastal town (n=198) Rural county (n=880) London suburb (n=167) All sites (n=1,245)
Mean age in years (SD) 85.1 (7.5) 84.1 (6.9) 83.5 (20.3) 84.3 (7.2) 85.9 (7.9) 86.4 (17.7) 83.1 (7.6) 85.8 (7.2)
  65-79 20.5 22.4 31.3 22.8 21.7 13.6 34.7 17.8
  80-84 23.2 28.8 20.6 26.4 13.1 23.8 20.4 21.6
  85-89 26.3 25.2 25.2 25.5 28.8 27.8 24.6 27.6
  90+ 30.0 23.5 22.9 25.3 36.4 34.8 20.4 33.1
Female 66.1 75.4 66.4 71.8 66.2 74.3 70.1 72.4
Mean deprivation (IMD 2004) score (SD)* 26.0 (3.5) 16.8 (4.0) 20.3 (7.5) 19.8 (5.9) 26.1 (3.5) 17.7 (4.2) 20.0 (7.9) 19.3 (5.7)
  1st quartile 0.0 0.4 4.6 0.7 0.0 0.0 1.8 0.2
  2nd quartile 1.6 54.1 32.8 37.0 1.5 48.1 41.9 39.8
  3rd quartile 84.2 45.2 51.9 57.0 80.3 51.1 43.1 54.7
  4th quartile 14.2 0.2 10.7 5.3 18.2 0.8 13.2 5.2
Service use in 3 months before admission         
  Day care 12.4 2.4 3.8 5.4 13.1 16.9 4.2 14.6
  Domiciliary care 24.7 15.7 6.9 17.4 39.4 40.9 18.0 37.6
  Other social care 12.1 11.0 6.9 10.9 24.7 20.5 28.7 22.2
  Emergency admission 22.1 62.9 31.3 48.2 37.4 47.0 43.7 45.1
  Elective admission 6.1 18.8 11.5 14.4 6.1 13.0 4.8 10.8
  Outpatient attendance 26.1 44.1 32.1 37.8 24.2 27.8 34.1 28.1
  1. * Based on Index of Multiple Deprivation 2004 of the general practice. First quartile is least deprived; fourth quartile is most deprived.