I'm looking for a word that can describe a long-term inhabitant (inhabitant is the best I've come up with so far) of a hospital.
Specifically, a soldier living (retained? - again, word might fit here too) in a War Hospital not long after the First World War, however the answer doesn't have to take into account the time period, as I feel there is a word at the back of my mind I simply cannot find right now which means "inhabitant of hospital."
I'd like to be able to use it to complete this sentence:
The gravel pathway was bordered by short, waist-height shrubberies behind which were the colourful flowerbeds intended to pacify the hospital's ________.