If a loved one is suddenly taken ill and needs to be admitted to hospital, there will be a lot to think about. It could be a very emotional time for the whole family, and the person you're caring for will need your support more than ever.
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In this guide
Practical help if an older person arrives at A&E and is admitted to hospital: ensuring their home is secure, getting things they need and who to inform.
Ensure your elderly relative is treated properly in hospital - dealing with staff, guidance on visiting times, and how to complain if things go wrong.
Advice on managing discharge from hospital and any ongoing medical support, including care needs for the future such as mobility aids.
Being discharged from hospital may just be a part of the whole story for your relative. Ongoing care and support may now need to be planned, either at home or in a care home.
Having a well-stocked first aid kit is important in any home, but if you are caring for an elderly relative, it is absolutely essential.
Sara’s aunty is 96. Her move to a nursing home following a time in hospital became a saga.
Read Sara's story