Patient Information: Frailty Score.
General Practices are being asked to identify a measure of frailty on all our patients over the age of 65. This is done electronically within our clinical system looking at many factors in your clinical records.
Patients with a high frailty score will be reviewed by a clinician. This will allow the Practice to help set an individualised plan for actions to help keep patients healthy for longer.
If you see this measure on your clinical records it is nothing to be alarmed about and does not mean you have any new condition that you are not aware of.
"Frailty is a distinctive health state related to the ageing process in which multiple body systems gradually lose their in-built reserves. Around 10% of people aged over 65 years have frailty, rising to between a quarter and a half of those aged over 85 years.
Older people living with frailty are at risk of adverse outcomes such as dramatic changes in their physical and mental well-being after an apparently minor event which challenges their health, such as an infection or new medication". [British Geriatrics Society]
Below are some useful resources for patients when they attend for their review.
General health advice
Make your home safe
Look after your feet