Welcome to the East Coast Community Healthcare Frailty Prevention Team - a specialist team of NHS staff that cover the Great Yarmouth and Waveney post code areas.
Our team provide specialised care and guidance to complex patients who need a multi-dimensional approach to rehabilitation to prevent them from regularly accessing emergency medical care.
Frailty is a distinctive health state related to ageing, in which multiple body systems gradually lose their built-in reserves, leaving older people with the condition at risk of significant deterioration in physical and mental health following even a minor stressor. Around 10% of over-65s have frailty, rising to between 25% and 50% of those aged over 85.
Older people who are frail are at increased risk of disability, hospital and care home admission, and mortality, so it is important to identify and manage frailty. Screening for frailty among older adults will help identify high-risk or vulnerable groups of patients who may require personalised care plans to reduce the associated risks of living with the condition.
Frailty training is now available on ESR - search for Frailty Tier 1. The objectives of this training are:
- Recognise the difference between an older person and someone living with frailty
- Discuss the concept of frailty and the 5 frailty syndromes
- Explain screening tools used to support assessment and management of frailty
- Describe what a comprehensive geriatric assessment is
- Promote living well with frailty