Lynne Phair

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Care home residents can benefit from carrying out everyday activities

Safety concerns prevent care home residents doing everyday tasks that benefit them

How can I make activity for residents meaningful in my care home?

Activities are not always seen as integral in a person's overall care and are often arranged by care home staff and not by registered nurses.

A Practical Guide to the Mental Capacity Act 2005: Putting the Principles of the Act...

This book is a long overdue and valuable resource for every nurse, whatever their seniority or department.

Safeguarding vulnerable older people in hospital

Safeguarding vulnerable older people is the responsibility of all healthcare professionals, but what this means in reality and how it can be achieved in practice is not always well understood. This article provides guidance on how government initiatives can be used by nurses to improve the care of older people. The article identifies criteria for determining when a concern should be raised as a safeguarding alert and when neglect may be occurring. A positive culture encompassing zero tolerance of poor care in the hospital setting is advocated.


Frailty and its significance in older people’s nursing

The term frail is commonly used to describe older people, but reports on the care of older adults in hospital highlight that the clinical implications of frailty are not understood fully by all nurses. Frailty can be an indicator of older people’s health status and healthcare needs. An understanding of frailty and its mechanisms will help nurses to determine care priorities, particularly the urgency for anticipatory, proactive, preventive and compensatory care to prevent unnecessary mortality and morbidity. This article discusses the significance of frailty in older people’s nursing. It highlights the responsibility of registered nurses to recognise deterioration in health as a result of frailty and to implement appropriate interventions.

Protecting vulnerable people

The Vetting and Barring Scheme is an assurance scheme that came into force on October 12 2009 as part of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006. It applies to England, Wales and Northern Ireland and will affect nine million people who work in health and social care, education, childcare, prisons, faith groups and the voluntary sector.

Environments and older people with dementia

The environment can have a profound effect on the quality of life for older people. This article describes how living and care environments can be improved for older people with cognitive impairment. Adapting the environment for the benefit of older people is now recognised as an important aspect of holistic care and even small improvements can make a big difference.

Living environments and older people

The influence of care environments on patients has long been a fundamental concern for nurses. Considerations of how environments might be defined, particularly how multiple aspects of environments might impact on any individual, are complex. This article aims to unpick some of the complexities and to offer ideas on how nurses can positively influence environments, particularly in settings where older people live and are offered care.