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High Prevalence High Risk in Aged Care

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Older adults have a higher propensity for frailty, comorbidities and unique care needs. As the average life expectancy in Australia increases, the proportion of elderly people in the community with higher-risk conditions and illnesses is rising.

What is High Prevalence High Risk?

In aged care, “high prevalence high risk” refers to conditions or situations that are both common and pose a significant risk to the health and well-being of older adults.

The Aged Care sector is focused on supporting individuals to remain safe, comfortable and independent as long as possible, however, the eventual decline of someone receiving care will naturally occur.

Managing High Prevalence High Risk.

It is important for aged care providers to identify and address high prevalence high risk issues in order to prevent and mitigate potential harm to their customers.

This means following best practice guidance and applying measures to make sure the risk is as low as possible whilst supporting a consumer’s independence and self-determination to make their own choices, including taking some risks in life.

Early intervention and effective management can help prevent complications and improve outcomes for older adults.

Example of High Prevelane High Risk Situations:

Falls are a high prevalence high risk issue in aged care, as they are a common occurrence among older adults and can lead to serious injuries and complications.

Other examples of high prevalence high risk issues may include pressure ulcers and sores, medication errors, cognitive decline, malnutrition, dehydration and infections.

Chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and arthritis are also examples of high prevalence (common) and high risk scenarios. These conditions can significantly impact an older person’s quality of life and may require ongoing medical management and support to manage.

How HomeMade reduced risks:

Homemade works with our customers to identify risks associated with their health and care. Identifying risk is always the first step to minimising harm.

We look at ways to mitigate any potential risks or health complications. This may involve implementing preventative measures, regular medication reviews, promoting physical activity and social engagement as well as providing appropriate care and support for customers who are at increased risk.

Find Out More:

Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission: Standard 3 (Personal and Clinical Care)

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