Once again the Winter pressures of our older people keeping well and independent are causing our health and social services to creak at the seams. Admissions to hospital are rising rapidly, the queues at our Accident and Emergency departments are long, and our discharge teams are struggling to ensure that adequate support and care is available once the older, frail person is sent home. Often the needs of our elderly are complex, their abilities are compromised, and informal carers are under a great burden.
Dr Mark Newbold, chair of the NHS Confederation’s Commission on Improving Urgent Care for Older People, highlights the key ways to cut avoidable hospital admissions.
In his article Dr Newbold gives examples of teams working well together to try to maintain people’s independence at home; coordinated working with limited resources, assessment in the home, and care packages targeted at reducing the likelihood of a fall. Unfortunately no mention of technology. Let’s not overlook how simple and cost-effective technology can contribute to someone’s safety, independence, and give peace-of-mind to family and friends. Even a simple SOS pendant linked to a 24/7 monitoring centre – easy to install, easy to use, and potentially a life saver. Another small way of preserving dignity and independence for our older people.
Providing services across Devon, call us if you would like to discuss the Amano Connect services; 01822 600060
Graham Coiley, Director, 9th January 2017
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