Five steps to promote healthy ageing and prevention in later life have been highlighted in a new report aimed at healthcare professionals.
‘BGS Healthier for Longer’, which is published by the British Geriatrics Society, says significant impacts on quality of life can be gained from a prevention agenda.
Professor Tahir Masud, President of the British Geriatrics Society, said: “It is never too late to start adopting preventative health measures and this report provides practical, highly relevant guidance to help healthcare professionals promote healthy ageing to all the older people they care for, including those who are ill and/or living with frailty.
“Prevention has been a government priority in recent years and it is essential that this includes older people who could potentially see significant, immediate benefits in terms of quality of life. We are urging all healthcare professionals to review the report, and implement the five simple steps recommended, to help their patients remain healthier for longer.”
The report highlights five steps that all healthcare professional can take to help promote healthy ageing and prevention in later life.
- ‘Care at every contact’ – every touchpoint of care is a potential opportunity to help people to engage in their own health and work with others to improve it.
- ‘Cover the basics’ – older people need to be able to see, hear, eat, drink and sleep well even if other more complex health issues are being addressed.
- ‘Consider the whole person’ – healthcare issues may not be the only or even the most pressing concern for a patient. Ask what matters to them and how they can be supported.
- ‘Communicate clearly’ – tell older people what is going on and how they can help with improving their health.
- ‘Collaborate with others’ – work with colleagues, nursing and therapy teams, families and the older person themselves to give the best chance of recovery and independence.