Hospital services for older people

Acute care hospitals are an important safeguard for older Australians, because as we age we are prone to serious illness. 

Who's at risk?

People aged between 65 and 75 are twice as likely to be admitted to hospital as the rest of the population, and those aged over 85 years are more than five times as likely to be admitted to hospital.

However, hospitalisation is a difficult time for older people in particularly those who have become frail and in need of help. 

It is not uncommon for an older person to become more dependent or confused after hospitalisation. Modern hospital care should strive to avoid this deterioration but sometimes it can still happen.

Families and carers

Involvement of families and carers in their health care is important and welcomed by all hospital staff as this can help reorientate and reintegrate the older person after they have recovered from their illness. 

Please go to the Hospital services page for more information about services in your areas.

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