Carers' stories

As part of our paper on continuity of care for older hospital patients, we asked carers currently involved with a very old person with recent experience in hospital to tell us their stories. These three accounts show the impact that poorly co-ordinated inpatient care can have on older people and their families.

Over the past 20 years, my 92-year-old grandmother has endured the progressive stages of Parkinson’s disease. She is now dependent on my 93-year-old grandfather (her main carer) and others for all the activities of daily life...

My mother was always very active and independent up to her mid-80s, enjoying activities such as book groups, gardening and spending time with her family. Until recently she lived independently next door to my brother. She has now moved to a care home close by...

I became a full time carer for my husband five or six years ago due to his increased dependency and weakness. He has had many hospital admissions because of problems associated with Crohn's disease and with his longer-term steroid medication. His weakness has resulted in many falls...