Most of Hertfordshire’s care home residents are elderly, and many have complex health conditions. On average, each resident takes seven prescribed medicines a day and is more than three times as likely to be admitted to hospital as another over 65-year-old in the county. For residents, particularly those living with dementia, every hospital visit has the potential to be confusing and disorientating – particularly as around a quarter of hospital ‘admissions’ are for less than 24 hours.
The specialist training care home staff receive allows them to act more effectively and give them the confidence to prevent serious health problems arising. Staff can identify potential risks earlier and flag them up with doctors, before residents’ conditions worsen. This can help to prevent hospital admissions.