Understanding Frailty


The term Frailty is often misunderstood. When used properly it refers to a person’s mental and physical resilience, or their ability to bounce back and recover from an event like an illness or an injury.

Being frail doesn’t mean you can’t make decisions or that you are unable to live a full and independent life. It does mean that a fairly “minor” health issue, such as a water infection, can have a big impact on you. Being frail you commonly have reduced muscle strength and fatigue. You don’t have to have lots of long-term medical problems.

Being frail means adapting how you live life and finding new ways to manage day to day tasks.

There are services and charities available to help you make these changes and to support you and your family.

Bristol City Council, Social Care, Main switchboard Phone: 0117 922 2000

https://www.bristol.gov.uk/social-care-health/adults-and-older-people

Age UK If you need advice or information on money, care or health, call 0800 678 1602. We’re open 8am to 7pm, every day of the year.

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/our-impact/policy-research/frailty-in-older-people/common-conditions-frailty/