Practice question

Why is future care planning so important for people living with frailty?

Why early conversations about end of life care are essential for people living with frailty

Why early conversations about end of life care are essential for people living with frailty

Previous practice questions have addressed how to identify people who are living with frailty and how to provide person-centred care for these individuals (Nelson 2017, Lyndon 2018). The English Longitudinal Study of Ageing found the overall weighted prevalence of frailty was 14%. Prevalence rose with age, from 7% in those aged 60-69 years to 65% in those aged 90 years or older (Gale et al 2015).

Therefore, an increasing number of people now require complex support, which is being recognised as an important aspect of good quality health and social care provision (Sharp et al 2013).

Once frailty is identified discussions with individuals, those close to them and members of the multidisciplinary team (MDT) should take place so that decisions can be made about treatment, prognosis

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