This week saw the first episode of Protecting Our Parents, a three-part BBC documentary on the health and social care of older people.
It depicted the struggles, strains and triumphs of some of the social workers, health professionals and families at the sharp end of helping increasing numbers of older people with multiple conditions stay independent and retain some quality of life.
Community Care hosted a live online discussion on episode one, which followed three people – Betty Williams, Jim Page and Henry Robinson – who are all admitted to Birmingham Heartlands Hospital – following a fall. The key question in each case was whether they can be safely discharged home, with practitioners from Solihull Council’s hospital social work team at the heart of the decision-making, along with the people themselves, their families and doctors.
Replay the live chat below, and join us next Thursday (24 April) at 9pm for episode two.