A partnership between San Diego County and four health systems seeks to bridge the longstanding gap between hospitals and social services.
Older people are often given a huge number of medications, and many of them are unnecessary or even harmful.
Overcrowding and chaos in traditional emergency rooms can harm seniors’ health. That’s prompting some hospitals to open ERs designed specifically for the elderly.
Spending too much time in their hospital beds can leave older patients sicker than when they were first admitted.
Some hospitals try to avoid sharp declines in the health of elderly patients by treating them in special units geared to their specific needs. This story is the first in a KHN series on the challenges hospitals face with an aging population.