Dr Amit Arora and his team at the University Hospital of North Midlands, have developed a Frailty Passport for use of frail older patients.
The Frailty Passport is a patient held diary about patient's wishes and what matters to them. This document details patients' statement of preferences and wishes for the rest of their life.
It is intended to be completed in conjunction with the patient, their families and the care of older people's team at the University Hospitals of North Midlands. The patient's GP will be informed of this passport and it is hoped that they will agree to the document's contents. It will become valid only after discussions with the patient, or their representative, and the patient's GP has agreed. This passport incorporates advance care plans which already support the patient or will support the assessment and implementation of a new or revised care plan(s), in relation to social situation, activities of daily living, crisis management plans, ceiling of care, end of life plans including DNACPR documentation.
It is intended for use by health and social care professionals and is aimed at documenting and respecting patients' wishes; and by streamlining care and improving communication across the traditional boundaries of primary care, secondary care, ambulance services, social care, housing and care home and thus improving the whole experience of health and social care in later years. It is also hoped that this written plan, agreed by the MDT will give enough confidence to staff to follow patients' wishes.
It will be stored in an agreed location within the patient's home, with signage inside near the main door of the property, instructing where the passport is located.
Professionals are requested to respect this statement of preferences.
Click here to open the Frailty Passport