Diagnosis: Unprepared

Hospitals can be hazardous places for elderly patients, who are at increased risk of falling, drug-induced injury and confusion.

But as the nation’s senior population grows, many facilities are ill-equipped to address their unique needs.

Kaiser Health News visited hospitals around the country, reviewed data and interviewed dozens of patients, family members and health providers to document the extent of the problem and highlight possible solutions.

Read the stories in this series:

— Elderly Hospital Patients Arrive Sick, Often Leave Disabled
— Elderly Patients In The Hospital Need To Keep Moving