An Aspect of Care Provision for Older Adult
This essay will explore the hospital acute care, an aspect of health care provision for older adults. Hospital Acute Care will enable the old person to remain in the hospital and receive assistance from healthcare professionals and both formal and informal carers. This essay will also evaluate the holistic assessment care given. The medical investigation procedures and nursing care required will also be explored. The main reason for choosing hospital acute care is due to working familiarity with this particular client group. How government policies have affected care provision and the way the provision is made as well as methods of interventions will be explore.
Acute hospitals provide a wide range of specialist care and treatment for patients. NHS Acute sector offered diverse services. The services offered at Hospital Acute care include: consultation with specialist clinicians (consultants, nurses, dieticians, physiotherapists and a wide range of other professionals); emergency treatment following accidents; routine, complex and life saving surgery; specialist diagnostic procedures; and close observation and short-term care of patients with worrying health symptoms. Many hospitals are addressing acute care needs of older adults by establishing separate geriatric unit – often referred to as acute care for elders (ACE) units – staffed by a specially trained multidisciplinary team (Miller,2004). Standard Older people’s care in hospital is delivered through appropriate specialist care and by hospital staff who have the right set of skills to meet their needs.
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