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Effective healthcare for older people living in care homes
Over 400,000 older people in the UK live in care homes, including nearly one in six over-85s, and they often have complex health and social care needs. We have produced guidance for commissioners to promote better models of medical care for care home residents.
Working together to treat depression in care homes
Innovative collaborations between geriatricians, psychiatrists and allied health professionals are paving the way to better treatment
BGS calls for a reform of primary care to deliver better healthcare and treatment for older people
The British Geriatrics Society’s ‘Position Statement on Primary Care for Older People’ published today calls for more care and treatment to be delivered in the community to be better meet the needs of our ageing population, and urges the Government to build this into the long term plans for the NHS.
Book review: Aging gracefully!?
This is a review of the book Developing a Relational Model of Care for Older People which aims to clear away the misconceptions surrounding the care of the older people and persuasively argues for a new approach based on interpersonal relationships.
Jeremy Kyle is the new best friend of many… Is this an issue we should be interested in?
Over the past year there has been increasing press focus on loneliness in the older population and its negative impacts on health. Suddenly it’s the new kid on the block and we should all be thinking about it.
Autumn Speakers Series: 'Care workers' not 'carers'
The National Association of Care & Support Workers conducted its first research into the well-being of care workers this year. Overwhelmingly, the results indicate that there is still a lot of work required to improve the mental health and well-being - as well as the professional standing - of care and support workers.
The Community – Where Life Happens
Most people spend most of their lives not in hospital. This, contrary to the peculiarly hospitalist view of most physicians, is the case even for older people with frailty. It’s odd, therefore, for geriatrics, a medical specialty that prides itself on holism, on adding life to years, on focussing on health rather than disease, to still do most of its work in hospital.
Community services – do they compare to what it says on the tin?
People may argue that services in the community must be developed to provide care appropriate to the needs of the population now and in the future, but how can this be done?
Autumn Meeting 2018
The BGS Autumn Meeting will cover the latest scientific research and the best clinical practice in care of older people. Our ageing population is stimulating extensive NHS service redesign to deal with the challenge of caring for larger numbers of older people both in and out of hospitals.
Position statement on primary care for older people
This paper sets out our views on how primary care can deliver better health outcomes for older people. We call for the changes required to achieve this to be built into the Government’s long term plans for the NHS.