Elderly Care

Quality of Life For The Elderly

With an average life expectancy of 82 years, Sweden is among the highest in the world. It is also among the top three countries for quality of life for older people, according to the Global Age Watch Index (2015).

Skåne University Hospital is at the forefront in dementia care and our Centre of Excellence, built around our Memory Clinic, is one of the largest of its kind in Northern Europe. It receives 8,000 annual visits, half of which are doctor appointments. It is a modern facility with no in-patient wards, in accordance with best evidence-based practice. Diagnosis and treatment at the Memory Clinic drastically reduces the need to visit primary care clinics, lowering costs and improving the quality of life for the patient.

An Integrated Healthcare Pathway for the Elderly

Sweden’s Skåne region has developed an efficient, patient-focused chain of care, based on the needs of the elderly. It involves mobile care teams, direct referrals and fast-track help for specific medical needs, all contributing to speedy and accurate treatment. It has special teams for hereditary conditions, a “Young Team” for patients under age 66 with dementia or MCI and a special sub-unit, which handles Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH), as well as dedicated units for research and clinical trials.

 

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