Inpatient admission - older adults: What to expect - Video

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Inpatient admission - older adults: What to expect

This video explains what happens when someone is admitted to an older adults inpatient unit.

Patients are usually referred to our older adults inpatient units by the community mental health teams and day hospitals. They may be accompanied onto the ward by the person who cares for them. When patients arrive, they are shown to a room and offered a drink. They are also given a welcome pack, including information about the ward and a bag of toiletries. One of the nursing team will show them around the ward and introduce them to the staff and other patients. They will also show them their bedroom. A doctor will sit with the patient and ask them and their carer questions to find out more about them. This is to ensure that we can best meet their needs. The doctor will also check their physical health, and this will take place in their bedroom.

A member of the nursing team will explain the ward routine to the patient and their carer, and tell them the name of the team member who will be allocated to them for the whole period of their admission. This person may be called their key worker, named nurse or care coordinator and will work out a care plan for them based around their individual needs.

Patients usually stay in the units for around eight to twelve weeks. During that time they will take part in a range of therapeutic activities. These may include occupational therapy, physiotherapy and ward based activities such as socialising or watching TV with other patients.

Before patients are discharged, nursing staff will agree with them and their carer a detailed discharge plan to ensure a seamless transfer to community based services.