New government plan could save 800 older people's lives each year

The Government has published a new report setting out the challenge ahead looking after the increasing elderly population and recommends how the social care system needs to change.

Elderly lives can be saved
Elderly lives can be saved

Professor Ian Philip, National Director for Older People, said: ‘There are already many excellent examples of care for older people being delivered in new and different ways and settings and my report makes clear that this needs to be rolled out across the country.

‘This includes Ambulance Trusts working in partnership with NHS and social care colleagues to prevent falls and manage patients' better after they have had a fall. Early intervention is vital. For example more investment on falls and bone health could prevent 4,000 hip fractures and save 800 lives every year. If every Strategic Health Authority spent £2m on this, they could each save £5m every year.

‘What I am recommending is a five point plan to change older people's services for the better; early intervention, long-term conditions management, early supported discharge, acute hospital care when needed and partnership working. This is already happening in some areas but it needs to happen across the country.'

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