The majority of elderly people in the islands are cared for by relatives at home. The Social Services department provides some support and assistance to older people, and can provide financial assistance in the form of attendance allowance. The district nursing team provides nursing care where necessary. Home helps are provided by the social services team.

There are 22 sheltered housing units available. Places are jointly allocated by the Social Services and the district nurse. Mobile Wardens visit residents on a daily / twice daily basis and are responsible for responding to any calls made using the call system.

Those elderly people who need nursing care which cannot be provided at home are cared for in the 7-bedded Elderly Care Unit, this is adjacent to the main ward. All residents have their own room and en-suite facility.

There is a Day Centre in the hospital which offers activities for the elderly and disabled, and a dining room which provides meals cooked in the hospital kitchen. We also provide 'Meals on Wheels' in the community and meals for prisoners.