Health and social care services must adapt to meet the urgent care needs of older people, argues a multidisciplinary group of stakeholders which today launches The Silver Book. This is a set of quality standards for the emergency care of older people. The launch coincides with the first ever Acute Medicine Awareness Day.
More older people than ever before are attending emergency departments and accessing urgent care services. There is a pressing need to address how older people are cared for over the first 24 hours of an urgent care episode. Attending an Emergency Department is associated with a high risk of admission for older people.