Providing Best Care for Older People in a Hospital Setting

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Hospitalisation is an overwhelming event for older people that places them at significant risk of complications and deterioration at the best of times. Older adults face a unique set of risks and challenges in hospital settings. Therefore, knowing how to care for these vulnerable people is crucial.

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Older adults may feel highly distressed coming into an acute care setting. In addition to the pain or illness they are experiencing, they may also be concerned about the implications of being hospitalised, and how it will affect their independence, routine and sense of self.


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Leonie McMahon
16 Aug 2020
Good to reinforce knowledge and also to be reminded how the elderly are at higher risk out of their home setting.
Allicia Blyth
18 Aug 2023
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Bina Baniya
08 Apr 2021
Great resource!
Fransica Kwok
12 Aug 2023
More idea to work
jane prezma
19 Aug 2020
highlights the risks associated with the increasing older patients admitted to the health care facility both from home and from aged care facilities, also offering constructive plan to assist in the care of these patient and support of their families and/or care givers.
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Grant Bradley
19 Aug 2020
Excellent and timely.
Maeve Clinton
21 Aug 2020
Informative and precise
Tirahaere Walker
11 Aug 2023
Kerensa Manning
30 Aug 2023
Relevant to practice
Perrina Bozanich
16 Aug 2020
Good information, well laid out
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