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Keep Older People Safe and Out of Hospital
February 27, 2017

- From HomeInstead.ie

Figures released by the HSE show that 628 people died in hospitals while waiting for a transfer to other services or to their home.

  • 48.5% of hospitalisations can be prevented according to nurse survey
  • 96.6% of nurses say the role families play in keeping seniors out of hospital is just as important as the medical community
There are a number of reasons why people experience a delayed hospital discharge. It could be due to catching a cold or flu, or a lack of support at home to enable a hospital to home transition”, says Ed Murphy, Founder and CEO of Home Instead Senior Care in Ireland.

According to the Irish Nurse and Midwives Organisation, the number of people occupying trolleys in hospitals has nearly doubled since 2007 – 50, 402 admitted patients were on trolleys in comparison to 93, 621 in 2016.

*Interestingly, a recent survey of nurses in Ireland revealed 48.5% of senior hospitalisations can be avoided with proper prevention. The critical factor in reducing this spike in hospitalisations is family involvement. Nearly all nurses (96.6%) surveyed say that the role families play in keeping seniors out of the hospital is just as important as the role of the medical community.

“Keeping seniors safe at home and out of the hospital starts with family intervention,” said Ed Murphy of Home Instead Senior Care. “With a growing number of older people waiting to be transferred home from the hospital, it is important that families across the country take the steps to avoid hospitalisation in the first place. It could be as simple as making sure your parents are using assistive equipment to avoid falls or suggesting they see a doctor for any new aches or symptoms.”

To help families identify and act on potential warning signs, Home Instead Senior Care is offering The Five Ways to Prevent Senior Hospitalisations guide and workshops for family carers. The free guide and workshops includes information about steps that families can take to help ensure a healthy lifestyle, such as:
  • Make sure the older person is taking preventative health measures – like getting a flu shot or shingles vaccination
  • Encourage the use of assistive equipment
  • Monitor and/or assist with medications
For more information visit HomeInstead.ie/Senior-Hospitalisations.

* Home Instead Franchising Ltd. surveyed 205 nurses in Ireland via an online survey.