In March of 2018, AHA hosted a community conversation to learn more about the issue of seniors being stranded in hospital emergency departments, because a safe, appropriate discharge for them is not available. We have learned from research literature that this is sometimes called “granny dumping,” and is a problem being faced by hospitals across the US and Colorado.

It is more likely to happen with seniors – usually vulnerable seniors with dementia or brain injury. The patients arrive at the emergency room from a nursing facility, an ambulance or police car, or are left by a family member or friend. According to interviews with staff from Aurora’s hospitals, almost every week they experience a senior in this situation.

Nowhere to Go Meeting Library

Below are links to Resources from our meeting on this topic.

Nowhere to Go – AHA Meeting Report

2040 Health Summit presentation: Senior Mental Health, by Emma Williams, PsyD

Patient Dumping: The Cobra That Never Struck,” by Henna K. Pithia. Review of Law and Social Justice, Vol. 24:1, p. 109.

The Elderly and Health Care Rationing,” by George P. Smith, II. Pierce Law Review, Vol. 7, No. 2, p. 171.

Moses V. Providence Hospital: The Sixth Circuit Dumps the Federal Regulations of the Patient Anti-Dumping Statute,” by Adam Malizio. The Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy, Vol. XXVII, p.213.

Colorado Aging Framework: A Guide for Policymakers, Providers, and Others for Aging Well in Colorado,” 2015, by Colorado Department of Human Services and Colorado Commission on Aging.

Side-by-Side Comparison: Aurora Commission on Seniors and AHA Senior Circle.

2015 Healthy Aging Plan” by Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).

Baby Boomers and 65+: The Impact of the Demographic Shift” May 2015, by Bob Semro, Policy Analyst, The Bell Policy center.