Home from hospital – an Elder factsheet

Written by Zenya Smith22/04/24


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The majority of us will likely receive some form of hospital treatment at some point in our lives. And, if you’ve ever been admitted to hospital you likely couldn’t wait to get back to the comfort of your own home, and your normal day to day routine. 

However, the older we get, the more of an impact a spell in hospital is likely to have on our quality of life and wellbeing. And while the NHS does incredible work, many within it agree that it’s beneficial to get people back home as soon as possible to continue their recovery. 

We’ve scoured the latest facts and figures from across the health and social care space to create this factsheet on hospital admissions, discharges, and follow up care at home. 

Later life health

1 in 3

adults over 65 years old will experience at least 1 fall a year.

1 in 2

adults over 80 years old will fall at least once a year. 


of adults over 65 years old are living with a longstanding illness or condition that limits their everyday lives. 

More than 1 in 4

Older adults are living with 2 or more longstanding conditions. 

Source – Age UK The State of Health and Care of Older People 2023

Hospital admissions and older people

1 in 6

emergency admissions of people over 75 occur within 30 days of a previous hospital discharge. 

Nearly 2/3

of people admitted to hospital are over 65 years old. 

Admissions are rising

The rate of hospital admissions of over 65s is increasing 2 to 3 per cent every year. 

Source – Age UK The State of Health and Care of Older People 2023 | The University of Oxford 

The impact of a prolonged hospital stay

The average length of a hospital stay in 8.3 days, this is up 13% since 2019, and older people are often kept in hospital longer. 



of patients staying in acute hospital wards would rate their quality of sleep as good. 

Average of


loss in muscle mass in critically ill patients after one week in hospital. 


1 in 3

older people experience delirium at some point during their hospital stay.



Patients were kept in hospital despite being medically ready to leave in 2023. 



of these people delayed in hospital were awaiting home care. 

How can home care help?

There are many ways recuperating at home with the support of a specialist carer can be beneficial to people recovering from an illness, injury, or surgery. 

Arranging home care after a hospital discharge

When your mum, dad, or anyone you care about is in hospital, certainties can be few and far between. From condition and outlook to even securing a day of discharge can change last minute. If you’re worried about an imminent discharge and are unsure how to get the right care in place, this article may help. 

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