Ageing Well

  • The World Health Organisation define healthy ageing as “the process of developing and maintaining the functional ability that enables wellbeing in older age.” This is the result of the interaction between a person’s health and their external environment, which helps or hinders them in doing the things that matter to them.
  • The NHS Long Term Plan recognises services are not ideal for older people with living with frailty.
  • An ageing well programme is underway to support people to age well and to stay independent at home for longer.
  • Part of the ageing well programme includes developing three new service models:
    • Improve NHS care in care homes (e.g. rolling out of Enhanced Healthcare in Care Homes service).
    • Identify and provide proactive support to older people living with frailty in the community (e.g. through population screening of frailty, MDT working, a new  specification for Primary Care Networks).
    • Enhance rapid community response at times of crisis (e.g. introducing a 2 hour target for response and offering 2 day target for intermediate care services)