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Mobility & Frailty Care

Frailty can impact an individual’s physical and mental wellbeing. Read more about the symptoms of frailty and how our care can suit you or your loved one’s needs.

What is Mobility & Frailty Care?

What is frailty? Frailty is a distinctive health state related to the ageing process in which multiple body systems gradually lose their in-built reserves. Older people living with frailty are at risk of dramatic deterioration in their physical and mental wellbeing after an apparently small event which challenges their health (e.g. infection, new medication, fall, constipation or urine retention).

Frailty symptoms

The presence of one or more of these five symptoms should raise suspicions that the Client has frailty and that the apparently simple presentation may mask more serious underlying disease:

  • Falls (e.g. ‘collapse’, ‘legs gave way’, ‘found lying on floor)’
  • Immobility (e.g. sudden change in mobility, ‘gone off legs’ ‘stuck on toilet’)
  • Delirium (e.g. acute confusion, worsening of pre-existing confusion/short term memory loss)
  • Incontinence (e.g. new onset or worsening of urinary or faecal incontinence)
  • Susceptibility to side effects of medication (e.g. confusion with codeine, hypotension with antidepressants).

Comfort Keepers use a person-centred approach in caring for clients with a frailty diagnosis. Initially, it is recommended the person is referred for an assessment with the frailty team or geriatric team. Comfort Keepers can support in the home management of the consultants’/MDTs recommendations – mobility aids being implemented (hoist, zimmer frame, sliding sheets etc), time specific medication regimes (Carer can manage prompting this daily), support with incontinence management daily and toileting needs.

Carers also hold a vital role in recognising a change in their client’s health when calling daily and alerting the relevant persons to ensure medical support is sought as soon as possible. Timing is exceptionally important to ensure the client does not deteriorate further. Comfort Keepers implement individualised home support plans for each client. By monitoring a client’s health and acting quickly, can reduce the need for admittance into the acute hospital setting. Research suggests that many older people with frailty in crisis will manage better in the home environment but only with appropriate support systems.

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