In 2017, nearly 79,000 people living with dementia and 630,000 people without dementia aged 65 or older had one or more hospitalisations.
This report focuses on people’s first hospitalisation in 2017 and compares transitions to residential aged care or mortality in the 7-days, 3-months and 12-months after discharge for people living with dementia and people without dementia.
For people living with dementia, the report also explores the characteristics that are associated with longer lengths of stay in hospital and transitions to residential aged care within 7-days of discharge. The use of key healthcare services in the 12-months after discharge are also summarised.
This report used the National Integrated Health Services Information (NIHSI) analysis asset, which contains de-identified administrative health (hospitals, Medicare claims and prescriptions), residential aged care, and deaths data from 2010–11 to 2018–19 (NIHSI 2018–19).