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The Paper Boat
One strategy that I have found useful over the years, especially when talking to relatives of the patients under my care, is to paint a picture that they can relate to by using a simple analogy.
How should healthcare services to care homes be configured
The UK care home sector, with 425,000 beds, is just over three times the size of the acute hospital sector. It is home to some of the oldest and most vulnerable members of UK society.
Autumn Speakers Series: The boundary between health and social care
Care home residents in the UK receive their healthcare predominantly through the National Health Service. Or at least that’s how it looks on paper.
Living and Working as a geriatrician in Wales
Why train, work and live in Wales and why do Geriatric medicine here? It isn’t an easy decision to choose a specialty or move to a different part of the country.
Older people are not only living longer
Despite the rapid gain in life expectancy in the last century, it is not clear if the added years consist of healthy years or years lived in poor health and disability.
‘LITTLE SPARKS’ to ‘BIG BANGS’
As junior consultants, leadership skills are essential, in addition to clinical skills, in order to set up and run the kind of collaborative teams and services that consultants are asked to lead, and enable them to thrive.
We need to talk about loneliness
This was my first ever BGS conference, just down the road from me, at the Wellcome Collection, London. The day was spent discussing ‘Loneliness in older people and its impact on health’
It’s time to BREAKDOWN these BAME BARRIERS
In the last 8 years while doing charity work in my free time I have noticed a growth in the older population from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups. Older people from BAME backgrounds suffer from the same illnesses our other patients suffer from.
My future wishes: Advance Care Planning for people with dementia
This recently published document acts as a resource to support clinicians and practitioners who provide health and social care for people with dementia.
Older people and poor care: a human rights issue
Why is poor care a human rights issue? At the British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR), we work with people at the sharp end of public services and people placed in vulnerable situations, including older people.
ECFs and ANPs – The Future of Frailty?
We’ve always loved working with older people. Our roles in general practice certainly facilitate this! When we were offered the opportunity to study at Masters Level in Medical Science: Frailty and Integrated Care, we jumped at the chance.
The Great Balancing Act – perspectives from older people on falls risk
Falling represents the leading cause of unintentional injury in this population with approximately one third of older adults falling each year.
When low blood pressure is too low in old age
It has been debated whether or not to it is beneficial to treat hypertension in old age, especially in >75-year-olds when they have multimorbidity.
Frequent drinkers unravelled
Older people are not only at risk because they drink more often, but also because quantities of alcohol that may have been safer earlier in life have the potential to damage an older person’s health.
Drug burden in older people approaching end of life
While in hospital, patients consumed an average of 24 different medications. One-in-six patients consumed 35 or more individual medications. When discharged home from hospital, patients were prescribed an average of 2 unnecessary or inappropriate medications.
The right intervention, at the right time, in the right place…
How Harrogate District Foundation Trust therapists from the community and in-patient wards are tackling the national bed crisis
Loneliness; A public health epidemic
All too often, GPs are the only human contact that chronically lonely patients have. Three out of four GPs say they see between 1 and 5 people a day who have come in mainly because they are lonely.
Why it gets harder to prevent falls when older people leave hospital
Evidence has shown 30% of the population of older people who live in the community fall at least once per year, 10% of these falls result in a serious injury.
The ‘Geriatrician’s Salute’: emerging evidence on deprescribing
Approximately 1 in 5 hospital admissions amongst older people are due to adverse drug reactions and during their time in hospital 1 in 6 older people experience an adverse drug reaction.