Frailty is Frailty is  related to the ageing process in which multiple body systems gradually lose their in-built reserves. Older people with frailty are at risk of unpredictable deterioration in their health resulting from relatively minor stress. Our locality is exploring identifying those who are frail and put in place a care plan which has information on support that they can access from either health or social services.

New guidelines have been issued today and our locality will start look at ways in which we can implement the recommendations.

You can download the guidelines here.

Frailty Guidelines – Summary

Frailty Guidelines – Full

Fit for Frailty Pic

 

We wanted to let you know about a major new piece of guidance we’re launching today, in association with the Royal College of General Practitioners and Age UK.

It’s called “Fit for Frailty Part 2” and you can download it here.

“Fit for Frailty Part 2” calls on commissioners to foreground preventative support for older patients, detailed assessments of the needs of older patients with frailty, and closer integration between different services. It provides detailed guidance on how the commissioning and management of services for people living with frailty in community settings can (and does) work in practice.

Frailty is an increasingly urgent issue facing health care service design. Older people are the main users of health and social care services; approximately 10 per cent of people aged over 65, and 25 to 50 per cent of those aged over 85, are living with frailty.

Research suggests that only half of older people with frailty syndromes receive effective health care interventions; there is also some evidence that focusing community services on those with frailty rather than on those ‘at highest risk of hospital admission’ might improve quality of patient care and reduce hospital bed usage.

Today’s launch follows the June 2014 release of “Fit for Frailty Part 1”, which focused on recognising the condition of frailty, and understanding the strategies available for managing it, within community and outpatient settings.

The influential medical journal Age & Ageing has also published a virtual issue this month, focusing specifically on frailty. The issue can be downloaded here.

This gathers together selected publications from the journal, covering conceptual descriptions of frailty, reporting its epidemiology, contrasting different options for clinical assessment, and identifying interventions which might improve outcomes.

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