Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust: Improving care for frail older people


14 / 06 / 2016

Frailty is a common condition which becomes more prevalent with age. It is thought to affect 25 to 50 per cent of people over 80, and about 10 per cent of those over 60.

Older people living with frailty are the highest users of health and social care services, and have the highest number of unplanned admissions to hospital.

The effects of frailty can be mitigated if problems are identified early. However, those affected are not always reliably identified, or are only identified when advanced frailty has developed. This means opportunities are missed to support people more effectively, which in turn leads to poor patient experience and unnecessary care costs.

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