The Health Alliance: Health and well-being of frail older people

When an older person has a decline in function or becomes unwell, often their only option is to go to hospital despite their preference for care closer to home. Building on previous collaborative work, including the development of a five-year healthcare plan for older people, the Alliance is supporting the system to move the focus of health system activity from increasing the volume of patients treated towards a focus on what matters most to patients, and on improving the quality of service provision and continuity of care.

When an older person has a decline in function or becomes unwell, often their only option is to go to hospital despite their preference for care closer to home. Building on previous collaborative work, including the development of a five-year healthcare plan for older people, the Alliance is supporting the system to move the focus of health system activity from increasing the volume of patients treated towards a focus on what matters most to patients, and on improving the quality of service provision and continuity of care.

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  • Background:

    The Ageing Well Initiative aims to improve the outcomes for people aged 75 years and older in The Prince Charles Hospital catchment area. Significant consultation has been undertaken with a range of stakeholders including General Practitioners, RACFs, NGOs, hospital clinicians, allied health, Indigenous providers and consumers, their families and their carers. Availability of emergency respite was prioritised as a need throughout the region and stakeholders considered that transparency and visibility of emergency respite bed availability could improve health outcomes for older people. We are hoping to further understand emergency respite availability in the TPCH and the appetite

    Background:

    The Ageing Well Initiative aims to improve the outcomes for people aged 75 years and older in The Prince Charles Hospital catchment area. Significant consultation has been undertaken with a range of stakeholders including General Practitioners, RACFs, NGOs, hospital clinicians, allied health, Indigenous providers and consumers, their families and their carers. Availability of emergency respite was prioritised as a need throughout the region and stakeholders considered that transparency and visibility of emergency respite bed availability could improve health outcomes for older people. We are hoping to further understand emergency respite availability in the TPCH and the appetite among RACFs to provide information to clinicians across the sector to improve the patient journey for those people who may require emergency respite for any number of reasons.

    Consultation Objectives:

    • Determine how many facilities take emergency respite patients and timeliness of transfer
    • Determine current capacity of facilities especially for emergency respite
    • Determine the barriers to accepting patients for emergency respite
    • Determine appetite for sharing information across the sector

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  • Building on your feedback from the co-design event on May 9 and last week's discussion, this week we are exploring how we can improve our care response for frail older people.

    Building on your feedback from the co-design event on May 9 and last week's discussion, this week we are exploring how we can improve our care response for frail older people.

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  • Building on your feedback from the co-design event on May 9, this week we are exploring how Clinical Frailty Score could be used as a screening tool in primary care and how this information could be captured and shared with the team providing care to the patient. 

    Building on your feedback from the co-design event on May 9, this week we are exploring how Clinical Frailty Score could be used as a screening tool in primary care and how this information could be captured and shared with the team providing care to the patient. 

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