Ageing and life-course

Age-friendly Primary Health Care (PHC) Centres Toolkit

The Department of Ageing and Life Course (ALC) has developed a toolkit that assists health care workers in being well versed in the diagnosis and management of the chronic diseases and the so-called four giants of geriatrics (memory loss, urinary incontinence, depression and falls/immobility) that often impact people as they age.

The toolkit's purpose is to:

  • improve the primary health care response for older persons.
  • sensitize and educate primary health care workers about the specific needs of their older clients.
  • provide primary care health workers with a set of tools/instruments to assess older people's health.
  • raise awareness among primary care health workers of the accumulation of minor/major disabilities experienced by older people.
  • provide guidance on how to make primary health care management procedures more responsive to the needs of older people's needs.
  • offer direction on how to do environmental audits to test primary health care centres for their age-friendliness.

The toolkit comprises a number of instruments (evaluation forms, slides, figures, graphs, diagrams, scale tables, country guidelines, exam sheets, screening tools, cards, checklists, etc.) that can be used by primary health care workers to assess and address older persons' health. These resources are meant to supplement and not to replace local and national materials and guidelines.

Together we can work towards creating Age-friendly PHC centres that older people need and deserve!