This study describes residents in seven care homes, reviews their usage of mental health services and evaluates cost implications of psychiatric health care provision.
The patients are predominantly male with multiple diagnoses who are receiving psychiatric health care, but in general lack structured rehabilitation services. Forty-seven per cent of the residents moved into the trust catchment area in order to occupy the placement.The cost associated with the provision of differing models of out-patients care varies considerably.
These vulnerable residents are costing the mental health service relatively little, although the total cost to society is higher.This study points to the necessity of multiagency planning for 'new long-stay' patients.
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