People with frailty
Supporting people with frailty to live well for longer in their community.
Frailty is the manifestation of ageing that is associated with poor outcomes, including increased risk of disability, hospital admission, institutional care or death. The impact on a person’s quality of life is considerable, as well as an increased use of primary care and unplanned secondary care services.
This is compounded by the fact that recent estimates by National Records of Scotland predict that the number of people aged 75 years and over will increase by 79% in the next 25 years.
National Records of Scotland (2017). Projected Population of Scotland (2016-based) National population projections by sex and age, with UK comparisons.
To learn about our national improvement collaborative that aims to improve identification and support for people living with frailty please see our Living and Dying Well with Frailty page.
- Frailty Screening and Assessment Tool Comparator – Compares the features of different frailty screening and assessment tools at a glance, together with links to further information and research.
- Frailty and Falls Assessment and Intervention Booklet and Poster – Tools that enhances the assessment and identification of an individual’s needs.
- Living Well in Communities with Frailty: evidence for what works – Evidence for interventions in frailty that are community based, focused on the prevention of harms or poor outcomes, and supported by relatively high-level evidence.
- Multidisciplinary team meetings: guidance – Guidance notes on multidisciplinary team meetings to discuss those identified with frailty in the community.
- Focus on Frailty – An episode of the Talking Mortality podcast. Dr Paul Baughan and Dr Calvin Lightbody discuss what frailty is, and the benefits of early identification and anticipatory care planning.
Living with frailty
In this video, Mr Lucas discusses his experience of living with frailty, and the care that he receives that helps him to live independently at home.
In this short video, GP Kenneth O'Neill talks about a multidisciplinary approach to frailty using the electronic frailty index (eFI) and the ihub Frailty and Falls Assessment and Intervention Tool.