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Website offers tips for a better hospital experience

A new edition of an online resource that shows older patients and their families how to stay well while in hospital has launched.

"Older people in hospital" has been developed through a close collaboration between a number of experts and groups, including the National Ageing Research Institute and the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. It’s the third edition of "Best care for older people everywhere: The toolkit".

Users can now listen to a series of audio-visual clips on ways to improve patient outcomes during a hospital stay. The resource also provides clinicians with access to evidence-based information on 16 topics. They include assessment, communication, person-centred practice, dementia, delirium, depression, continence, falls, mobility, frailty, medication, nutrition, swallowing, pain, palliative care, and pressure injuries and skin tears.

The site also includes stories from health services about ways they are improving care for older people.

Associate professor Briony Dow, executive director of the National Ageing Research Institute, said the resource provided information needed to avoid, or better manage, problems older people encounter in hospital beyond the reason for admission.

The resource can be found here or here.

Click below to hear more from Briony Dow.

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