Give care for need not age

2017-11-07 06:00

Although admirable that JP Smith, Mayco member for safety, security and social services, launched “better health services” (“Elderly in front of health queue”, People’s Post, 24 October), the practice is deemed both biased and non-compliant as, according to legislation, all citizens become elders at 60.

The process of fast-tracking and prioritising elderly individuals based on age rather than needs should also be reviewed, as a patient with a managed chronic illness such as hypertension or diabetes or collecting medication at the dispensary of a healthcare facility needs a different approach to one suffering from chest pains of an impending heart attack for which the window period is dire.

The belief is that there should be ongoing communication with both the families assisting the elderly patients and all healthcare practitioners to ensure congruence at the referral stage to alleviate the trauma and negative impact of a day hospital visit, for whatever reason, experienced by the community at large.

Ursula Schenker Plumstead

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