Clinical update

How nurses can deliver person-centred end of life care for older people living with frailty

New guidance from the British Geriatrics Society aims to support nurses to deliver high-quality, person-centred care

New guidance from the British Geriatrics Society aims to support nurses to deliver high-quality, person-centred care

Care planning in a hospice. Picture: Stephen Shepherd

Essential information

Frailty is a distinctive health state related to the ageing process in which multiple body systems gradually lose their in-built reserves, according to the British Geriatrics Society (BGS) .

About 10% of people aged over 65 are living with frailty, rising to between a quarter and a half of those aged over 85. They are at risk of adverse outcomes such as dramatic changes in their physical and mental well-being, after even minor events,

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