Nowhere does the impact of demographic change play out more vividly than in the health service, where two-thirds of hospital patients are over the retirement age.
Grey Pride issues
- Older people’s wards regularly average fewer nurses per patient than the Royal College of Nursing considers necessary for basic safe care.
- Less than half of registered nurses thought health care assistants had the training they needed to care for older people.
- Too little is done to prevent conditions from worsening.
What should happen
- Increase the number of staff on older people’s wards in line with Royal College of Nursing guidance.
- Assessments for frailty and risk of falls, in line with expert guidance.
- Appoint a Commissioner for Older People who would investigate, among other issues, poor health care experienced by older people.