One of the most damning criticisms of our NHS services is its failure to provide adequate care for elderly patients. Numerous complaints have been made to the Health Service Ombudsman about specific instances of neglect or abuse, of which 10 cases were specifically outlined to demonstrate the failings of various NHS provisions.

It’s clear from these cases alone that our current NHS health care system is woefully incapable of providing geriatric health care which is of a consistently high standard. So how will the current and proposed NHS reforms impact this already failing system?

The True Cost of Impersonal Care

Unfortunately, the impersonal, inadequate care offered to elderly people who enter the NHS system is symptomatic of more troubling problems. And although some of the proposed reforms will seek to address these concerns, it’s widely believed that efforts being made towards overhauling the entire NHS system could have been better spent improving local services.

Some of the reforms proposed include technological developments such as mobile apps, which, it is proposed, will allow patients easier access to NHS information and services. But although this service will potentially benefit younger patients, the current core of NHS service users simply don’t know how, or are unable, to access these types of technologies. In addition, they provide yet another degree of separation between service users and service providers, paving the way for a further lack of patient-provider communication, especially in the case of emergencies.

Integrated Care VS Co-ordinated Care

Whilst the current reforms have highlighted a need for integrated care, it is co-ordinated care which patients – especially the elderly – are in such desperate need of. This means both co-ordination of information and services, without further fragmentation of the sort proposed by the current healthcare reform bill. And it also means improved access to services, which many patients are set to lose – and have already lost – with the continued closure of local services throughout the country.

Caring for an Aging Population

There’s no doubt that we are an aging population – this is majoritively true throughout the world. And because of this, the NHs is going to come under increased pressure to meet the needs of rising instances of dementia, cancer, osteoporosis and other geriatric concerns. In particular, our health system is going to have to make more adequate provision for at home care, including tailoring health care plans which include provisions for improved palliative care and mental health provisions, as well as alternative therapies and supplements of the sort which can be found at http://www.betrinac.com/.

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