Jonathan Bruce, Managing Director of Prestige Nursing + Care comments on Sir David Nicholson’s statement that hospitals are ‘very bad places’ for millions of older people
“Prestige Nursing + Care strongly agree hospitals aren’t suited to elderly care and community care should be expanded. A hospital’s primary purpose isn’t to manage the long-term care of the elderly. Consequently, standardised treatment for hospital patients isn’t always compatible with the needs of the old. With 40% of elderly patients now suffering from some form of dementia, hospitals are faced with a growing number of patients who would benefit from specially trained carers, looking after them in the comfort and familiarity of their own home.
“The NHS was never designed to treat such a large amount of older people meaning it is ill-suited to their needs and more expensive than a proper care system. Indeed, improving elderly care is predicted to free 7,000 hospital beds – which would certainly be beneficial to all.”