Frailty

Frailty is as important as any other health condition. In fact, frailty affects many people, especially as they age, and can be an important indicator of health problems to come. Many frail people will not be diagnosed until they have a serious fall that results in a hospitalization. They may become bed-ridden and in need of a lot of care at home.

The Canadian Frailty Network defines frailty as “a state of increased vulnerability, with reduced physical reserve and loss of function across multiple body systems. This reduces a person's ability to cope with normal or minor stresses, which can cause rapid and dramatic changes in health.” Frailty affects people from diverse backgrounds, all with their own unique needs and abilities.

As a caregiver, you may be unsure how to identify frailty in your loved one, and how to help them. The Nova Scotia Health Authority has a few good handouts on frailty that can help - Understanding Frailty, Frailty Stagesand Frailty and Social Connections

Caregiver Tips

If you have a frail loved one is an article from White Coat, Black Art on CBC Radio, citing Canadian data.