bed-blocking

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bed-blocking

The use of hospital beds by elderly patients who cannot leave hospital because they are unfit to look after themselves and have no place in a residential care home.
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They have 30 and 21 bed-blockers respectively, with Ysbyty Gwynedd and Llandudno General Hospital currently without any.
Apparently much of the chaos going on in the A&E departments is down to bed-blockers who should be in nursing homes but there is no place for them to go.
So instead of talking about older people as bed-blockers, house-blockers and so on let's prize them" Dame Esther Rantzen "I don't think I've got bad taste.
So instead of talking about older people as bed-blockers, houseblockers and so on let's prize them" - Dame Esther Rantzen, above.
According to the Government the chaos going on in the A&E departments is down to bed-blockers who should be in nursing homes but there is no place for them to go.
We are constantly referred to as bed-blockers, and those who stole the grandkids' future with massive pensions and nabbing all the best property.
Health Secretary Shona Robison has vowed to tackle the delayed discharge issue and ensure so-called bed-blockers are provided with an appropriate nursing home bed or return home.
Establish cottage hospitals to take bed-blockers out of high-dependency wards.
The idea is to free acute intensive care unit patients or bed-blockers from hospitals and lend them the same medical assistance in a homely environment.
I'm sure the bed-blockers themselves couldn't imagine it a few decades ago.
As most bed-blockers are elderly, and we have an increasing ageing population, this situation can only improve with more and better in-home care provision.
The over-65s occupy almost two thirds of hospital beds but rather than be seen as the bulk of the customer base for the health service, they are more often regarded by administrators as bed-blockers who interfere with the need to be reaching targets on operations and waiting lists.