Interestingly, hospital can be the least-safe place for older people, with home being what most want and with far fewer hazards such as the risk of institutionalisation, over-medicalisation, polypharmacy, falls and a host of other healthcare associated ills.
Maybe we should call it ‘hospital check-out’, to get away from the nonsense of fitness, when many of the people described are actually quite sick and are often even dying, it is just that their death need not require a bed on a hospital ward.
The system is not coping now, how will it manage tomorrow?
The government is screwing the NHS through mismanagement at every level and this is left as the elephant in the room. Think of a grey animal. Yes, think of a struggling system.
The example being: 89-year-old woman, lives alone, dementia, diabetes, COPD, has fallen, bruised face – best admit. And this is the thing.
Let us be like Daleks who, to contend with Christopher Eccleston evolved to cope with stairs…
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