Improving Health and Healthcare
‘We ensure adequate access to healthcare services and we promote health for all.’
Older people living in care homes have substantial and complex healthcare needs which require the full range of healthcare services. They should have access to the same healthcare they would be entitled to if they were living in their own homes. Health can also be improved by spending time with the older people living in care homes in personally meaningful and enjoyable ways.
“It was useful to have access to a physiotherapist or occupational therapist when I needed it to help me with my mobility to enable me to be independent and keep my confidence.”
Older people have substantial and complex healthcare needs which require the full range of services, including:
- a General Practitioner;
- specialist medical services;
- specialist nursing care;
- occupational therapy;
- speech and language therapy;
- all screening services; and
- regular medication reviews.
There is considerable evidence that older people in care homes are not receiving the healthcare services that are their right. Some are paying for services that should be provided under the NHS.
Health can be promoted by spending time in personally meaningful and enjoyable ways, socialising and sharing, physical activity and exercise, and learning.