The BGS blog aims to presents issues relevant to people working to improve the health and care of older people. It will highlight the latest news and activities from across all the BGS campaigns, events, publications and activities as well as original articles commissioned by leaders in geriatric medicine.
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CRIS Team (Community Rapid Intervention Service Team) - Hospital care delivered at home
Care closer to home is a familiar term for geriatricians. Emergency attendance and acute hospital admissions have been steadily rising over the last 10 years and this, coupled with a reduction in inpatient beds across acute and community sectors, has led to challenges in managing capacity in many acute Trusts.
Protecting older people from COVID – care homes and hospital-at-home providers needed for important national studies
The second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK has been even more devastating than the first. In care homes, where measures in place to protect residents have improved substantially following lessons learned during wave one, we have continued to see high infection rates related to SARS-CoV-2, and a number of deaths as a consequence.
Depression in older adults: no quick fix
Hospitalised older adults frequently present as depressed on our wards, but research suggests that healthcare staff often struggle to identify depression, let alone provide suitable care and support.
Q&A for Big Data Session, BGS Autumn Meeting 2020
The virtual BGS Autumn Meeting included an hour’s workshop on “Big Data”, with a keynote talk by Dr Andy Clegg on the eFI mark II, and rapid fire talks by Jane Masoli, Dr Maruko, James van Oppen and a discussion with the @geridata panel, chaired by Oly Todd.
Q&A for Falls and Syncope Session, BGS Autumn Meeting 2020
The falls and syncope session at the 2020 BGS Autumn Meeting was a quick-fire session looking at some of the key issues arising in the management of patients who fall: management of hypertension & orthostatic hypotension, carotid sinus syndrome and rehabilitation.
#Geribookclub’s Third Meeting: The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
On January 12th our online book club gathered once again from the comfort of their own sofas to discuss Richard Osman’s first novel and recent bestseller, The Thursday Murder Club.
Ortho-geriatricians: Please share your views on acute rehabilitation after hip fracture!
The Nurse and Allied Health Professional Council Lunchtime Conference Event
Lucy Lewis, Chair of the Council, opened the conference’s online lunchtime session with a welcome to all. This is the second year the NAHP Council committee has brought together the wider Council membership at the BGS Autumn Meeting 2020 to meet the Committee representing them and to provide an opportunity to listen and engage and to hear what is important to them.
Frailty State Utility and Minimally Important Difference
Frailty is common among older adults and is a state of decreased functional reserve resulting from a cumulative decline in multiple physiological systems. Frailty is associated with a range of poor health outcomes. However, it is also a dynamic and potentially modifiable condition.
Communicating through the mask
Effective communication lies at the heart of all good healthcare. It is particularly important in the care of older people, because of the complexity of common exchanges.
The condiments of care
When I commenced my Clinical Lead role at the Royal British Legion in January of this year, one of the first challenges presented to me by my team was to sample a ‘puréed meal’ in one of our care homes.
Who knew there were like-minded people out there?
I work as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner as part of the team based in the Leicester and Leicestershire community hospitals. We provide day-to-day medical cover to patients receiving rehabilitation and palliative care and following acute care step-down.
The Sandwich Generation
I can’t believe that I hadn’t heard of the Sandwich Generation until I became a slice of meat squashed between two slices of bread. It was October 2019: my mother-in-law had sustained a large frontal lobe haemorrhage and my father-in-law was already living with Parkinson’s disease.
Rehabilitation: there’s never been a more important time
In the collaborative spirit of multidisciplinary rehabilitation, we crowdsourced the design of a new textbook!
Twelve Days of Continence!
The other day I overheard someone say ‘incontinence is just a part of ageing and we just have to live with it’. Well, let me stop you right there! Yes, we all know that the prevalence of continence problems increases with age but in no way does anyone in this day and age have to just put up with it.
“They don’t know the whole picture”: Improving cancer care for people with dementia and their families
One in two people in the UK will develop cancer in their lifetime, and as cancer incidence rises with age, a significant number of cancer patients will have pre-existing dementia.
Take a breath: a personal view on care home visiting
I have been a nurse since 1986, mainly working in end of life or dementia care. I have had a variety of roles in the hospital, care home, community and hospice settings. I have been a family carer (alongside my brother and sister) since 2002.
Reflections on the first-ever virtual BGS Autumn Meeting
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought lots of changes, and we have come to accept many of these as our new normal. The BGS had to cancel the Spring Meeting 2020 as face-to-face meetings were understandably not possible due to the pandemic.