Going into hospital can be daunting for elderly people – and it’s vital to be aware of the risks
When an elderly person goes into hospital it’s often at a crisis point – perhaps after a bad fall or during an acute decline in health. The care that older people receive is, sadly, not always as good as it should be.
If your relative is currently in hospital, you may be coming under increasing pressure to get them out and into a care home. However, the correct NHS Continuing Care assessments may not have been done. Make sure the assessment process is complete before being discharged from NHS care.
A holistic approach to elderly care is vital, and yet many families report that there seems to be little joined-up thinking in the care system, particularly in hospitals.
Elderly people usually have several overlapping health needs, and treating one problem in isolation simply causes other aspects of health to deteriorate.
Elderly people are vulnerable and can quickly become dehydrated and malnourished. It’s also not uncommon to hear about people sustaining broken bones falling out of bed in hospital.
Such a disjointed approach not only causes untold distress to the patient and their family, but also wastes millions of pounds of tax-payers’ money – every day – in preventable re-admissions and ongoing problems.
Hospital discharge process
If you’re under pressure to get your relative out of hospital and into full time care, make sure the proper health needs and funding assessments have been done first. If your relative needs ongoing full time care you will almost certainly be told they have to pay for it. This may not be true. Read the articles on our blog about the hospital discharge process and Continuing Care assessments.
Many elderly people go from hospital straight into a care home, and yet families often receive very little information or guidance about how to choose the right care home for their relative.
That’s why we’ve put together this practial guides to help you:
How To Choose A Care Home
This 39-page practical guide helps you ask the right questios when you’re looking for a care home. It means you make a better decision, you save a lot of time – and you avoid unnecessary care costs later on. Read more..