Heads in the Sand: The Failure to Engage With Our Ageing Society
Authors: Andree Woodcock
Abstract: The increasing number of older people requires serious attention from policy makers and service providers if a crisis in care is to be avoided. This paper presents a biographical study of 9 months in the life of an elderly couple, looking at the problems experienced by them and their family when dealing with different stages of health and social care provision. The study covered periods of general health, hospitalization, reablement and separation. Studying the events arising in each period has provided insights into the requirements of the frail elderly and the adequacy of current provision.
Keywords: Frail Elderly, Carers
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