Probe into elderly care8th March 2007
More than 20 NHS trusts are to be inspected following concerns over their care of elderly patients.
The Healthcare Commission revealed 23 organisations would be visited to check they meet the government’s standards for care. Trusts already undergo annual inspections by the regulator.
The trusts have said they already meet these standards, which include ensuring patients' nutritional needs are met, that they receive help with feeding if required and 24-hour access to food.
Inspectors will also look at other issues including privacy and respect.
The commission has given the trusts the required two weeks’ notice for an inspection. Staff will be interviewed anonymously, wards visited and files checked during the visit.
It comes after concerns were raised by charities over the care elderly people receive in hospital. A report from charity Age Concern warned up to 750,000 older people may go hungry each year while in hospital.
The government has raised its own concerns about the way elderly people are fed in hospital, in particular that those who need help with feeding don’t get it and the use of inappropriate cutlery.
The visits will form part of a wider review due to be published by the end of the year.
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Charlotte Peters Rock
Friday 9th March 2007 @ 18:37
An elderley friend of mine recently broke a femur. We had to fight to get the operation needed, eventually stating that we thought they were leaving the patient to die because it was cheaper.
Then the weakened patient, who had had to wait over 48 hours for an operation, was left to turn his face to the wall, and would have starved, except we carried on asking and arriving and bringing in food. No one seemed a bit interested in feeding the patient and encouraging. The only reply I had, when I asked if the patient was eating the food, was "Well, he's got the use of his hands, hasn't he?
Whooppee for the NHS! May I long steer clear of it!
What happens to patients who do not have a range of nosey, pushy friends?
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Title: Probe into elderly care
Author: Carol burns
Article Id: 2178
Date Added: 8th Mar 2007