Commission on Improving Care for Older People was launched by the NHS Confederation in March 2015. Its final report “Growing Old Together” was published on 28 January 2016.
Mark Newbold, Chairman of the Commission said
“We want to help people stay well both mentally and physically and receive care that responds to their needs and personal wishes. Achieving this is better for the individual and the wider care system”.
The report looked at why too many elderly people ended up in already overstretched A&E departments because they do not know who to turn to for help.
The report identifies schemes which have been set up to serve the elderly when they are in need of assistance. For example Age UK in Cornwall uses co-ordinators for the frailest to assist and organise care for the elderly.
North East London Hospital and Ambulance staff have been working together to provide emergency care in peoples homes to see if they can avoid going into hospital. From April until July 2015 7/10 people seen were able to stay at home.
A spokesman for the Department of Health England advised that they were fully supportive of the scheme. The Better Care Fund has been set up where a pot of money £5.3billion is being used to fund the schemes aimed at keeping the elderly out of hospitals.
With the over 65s accounting for about 1/6 of the total visits to A&E any scheme which assist with providing better care for the elderly have to be worthwhile.
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