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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.
Jeremy Kyle is the new best friend of many… Is this an issue we should be interested in?
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 Speakers Series: “Interface medicine”
“Interface medicine” has a number of definitions in different contexts—it seemed an appropriate title to describe primary care-trained doctors working in community or hospital settings whose aim is to maximise quality of life for older frail patients using skills and knowledge from both general practice and geriatric medicine.
Tribalism Kills; The Journey Towards Genuine Integration
Tribalism does not work. We exist in a world where the cost of care for older people living with frailty, multi-morbidity, and dementia is threatening the very existence of our NHS.
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.
A Warm Glow in Solihull
Maxine Burrows and Yvonne Obaidy describe a pilot of intergenerational working that they pioneered in Olton in the West Midlands, with two local partners a residential care home for older adults and a day nursery.
Making the most of our assets
The Reimagining community services report (Kings Fund 2018) highlights the need for strengthening community services with the aim of supporting our older population, bringing to reality the vision set out in the NHS Five Year Forward View.
Study reveals admitting an older relative in temporary respite care can be deadly
A world first study into deaths of Australians admitted into aged respite care – usually to provide a break for their carer – reveals that older people in respite care are significantly more likely to die from preventable injury causes than permanent nursing home residents.
Handmade for Dementia North West & UK
Sharon Wallace, a professional from Chester tells how she got hooked on knitting small items to help occupy and comfort distressed dementia patients, and the amazing response her group has had.
Better transfers of care for older people - how to improve transitions of care
On the day of the launch of their report on STPs, the King's Fund hosted an event on how to improve transitions of care for older people admitted and being discharged from hospital.
Hospital discharge – everyone loses when it's handled poorly
A research study undertaken by Healthwatch Essex into experiences of patients discharged from hospitals in the county encourages local health and social care commissioners to overcome artificial boundaries and develop a unifying vision of care to provide high quality care.
Inspiring carers - all too often overlooked
Commonly misunderstood and under-appreciated, carers have been absorbing the pressures of the care system for years. While public concern over sustainability of care in the face of an ageing population is an important debate, it is inspiring carers - all too often overlooked - whose stories Alex Greenwood shares here.
Only half of people with dementia get annual medical review
People with dementia experience more mental and physical health problems than people without dementia, and more frequently take medication, so ensuring they get fair access to mental and physical healthcare is important. But only half of people with dementia received a documented annual review.
Autumn Meeting 2018
The BGS Autumn meeting will cover the latest scientific research and the best clinical practice in careof 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.