As people are living longer frailty is becoming more common and we are beginning to talk about how it affects peoples lives, and what can be done to help. NHS England describes frailty as a loss of resilience that means people don’t bounce back quickly after a physical or mental illness, an accident or other stressful event.
Frailty develops slowly over years with lots of small issues adding up. As a result, emergencies for frail people are usually triggered by seemingly small events such as a minor infection, a fall, or a change in medication.
Frailty is often subtle to start with, and for this reason it often goes unidentified for some time.