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Elderly support needed

29th January 2007

10042006_grandmother1.jpgA five-point plan has been launched to improve services for older people, which could save 800 lives a year.

The NHS national director for older people's services, Professor Ian Philp, wants to see thousands more helped to remain independent and has identified how this can be achieved.

He said an increasingly ageing population made it vital for the NHS and social care systems to be ready for the rise in demand for their services.

Older people use more health and social care services than any other group; two-thirds of hospital beds are taken up by the over 65s, despite only making up 10% of the population.

The number of people aged over 85 in the UK will increase by two-thirds by 2025. Older people are three times more likely to be admitted to hospital, and use up four times as much NHS resources as the average person.

A £2m investment in fall prevention and bone health by each strategic health authority could save 800 lives and prevent 4,000 hip fractures each year, said Prof Philp.

His report Recipe for Care includes other case studies illustrating how changes are already making a difference in some areas.

To ensure that all services provide the right care, he wants emphasis on early intervention; the management of long-term conditions; supported early discharge from hospital; acute hospital care when needed; and partnership working.

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