Older people are Œat risk¹ in hospital

Posted on May 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Age Concern Scotland has called for urgent action to reduce the amount of unnecessary time older people stay in hospital. Responding to recent research on hospital acquired infections, Age Concern Scotland director Maureen O¹Neill said the NFO System Three study showed that longer stays in hospital could be risky for the patient. “Older people are particularly at risk,” Ms O¹Neill said. “The lack of appropriate care for people coming out of hospital means too many older people are stuck in hospital when they shouldn¹t be there ­ with the risk of tragic results. “This is one piece of the jigsaw of providing quality care for older people. More needs to be done to make sure that older people can leave hospital to other care settings as soon as they are well enough.” Age Concern Scotland has called on the Scottish Executive and NHS Scotland to take positive steps to tackle hospital acquired infections. “Making sure that there are enough care home places, in the right place with the right funding, and adequate

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