Article révisé par les pairs
|Introduction. In Belgium, assessment of the economic charges allocated to care and help is based respectively on scale for activities of daily living (ADL) and on a local scale entitles "échelle d'aides aux personnes âgées" (APA). Aims of the study. 1) To characterize the need for care and help of the elderly before an acute geriatric hospitalization and at discharge; 2) to study the validity of the scales used to assess the financial charges for care and help; and 3) to assess the effect of an acute geriatric hospitalization on the functional status and on the needs for care and help.