This report published by the King’s Fund sets out a framework and tools to help local service leaders improve the care they provide for older people.
The nine components of care covered by the report are as follows.
- Healthy, active ageing and supporting independence
- Living well with simple or stable long-term conditions
- Living well with complex co-morbidities, dementia and frailty
- Rapid support close to home in times of crisis
- Good acute hospital care when needed
- Good discharge planning and post-discharge support
- Good rehabilitation and re-ablement after acute illness or injury
- High-quality nursing and residential care for those who need it
- Choice, control and support towards the end of life
The report authors assert transforming services for older people requires a fundamental shift towards care that is co-ordinated around the full range of an individual’s needs (rather than care based around single diseases), and care that truly prioritises prevention and support for maintaining independent living for as long as possible.
This requires teams in physical and mental health, social care, public health and the wider public, private and voluntary sectors to work together much more effectively to deliver person-centred care.
Read more and purchase a print copy at www.kingsfund.org.uk/publications/making-our-health-and-care-systems-fit-ageing-population