Enhanced Health In Care Homes: Learning From Experiences So Far
Published by the Kings Fund.
Caring for older people in care homes is one of the most important priorities for the health and care system in England. The ‘average’ care home resident is an 85-year-old woman, with a life expectancy of 12–30 months. Her care needs are likely to be extremely complex, with six or more diagnosed conditions, seven or more prescribed medicines, and a combination of physical frailty, disability and mental health conditions. Older people are the fastest-growing section of the community: the number of people over 85 is expected to double within two decades. The number of older people living in care homes in England (currently 329,000) is already more than three times the number of hospital beds, and is set to increase further (Care Quality Commission 2017; National Institute for Health Research 2017; Wittenberg and Hu 2015).