A hip fracture is a common injury in older people. Not all people recover well, with most people less mobile and less independent afterward.
Family members or friends often take on roles as caregivers, helping in tasks such as washing, dressing, cooking, and shopping, once their relative or friend is home from the hospital. Unfortunately, caregivers are often under-prepared to do this. They are left to work out what to do themselves, and often ask the patient to do less than they could do for fear of causing harm. This can create stress for patients and caregivers and may mean that patients do not recover as well as or as quickly as possible.
The aim of this study is to conduct a feasibility study to see if a caregiver training programme, designed by health professionals and patients, can be provided in an NHS setting following hip fracture surgery, and how a future trial may be designed.
Dr Toby Smith, Chief Investigator