Frailty resource collection

We have brought together a selection of articles, videos and learning resources on the topic of frailty for you to use for free by registering to our website.
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We have brought together a selection of articles, videos and learning resources on the topic of frailty for you to use for free by registering to our website

Frailty is a clinical syndrome that focuses on loss of reserve, energy and wellbeing and is related to the ageing process. Nurses in all settings are increasingly providing support to older people living with varying degrees of frailty.

To coincide with RCN congress 2017, we have gathered together a selection of our content from RCNi Learning, Nursing Standard and specialist journal Nursing Older People, for you to use for free, simply by registering to our website.

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Why frailty?

Dawne Garrett, RCN professional lead for older people and dementia care

Dawne Garrett
Dawne Garrett

Frailty is an emotive subject and no one likes to be considered frail. However, the clinical syndrome of frailty is affecting an increasing number of people. Recognition of frailty is important as it can be assessed and interventions can improve an individual’s quality of life.

Whether you are looking for information to signpost a patient or relative to, or want to enhance your nursing skills, you will find this accessible, multimedia resource invaluable.

It aims to provide an introduction to, and explanation of, frailty to help people who are living with the diagnosis and the wider public understand some of the issues and plan for the future.

The prevalence of frailty increases with age and the people who use health and social care services most are older. Nurses working in care homes, emergency departments and surgical wards are likely to care for older people living with frailty.

The resource includes peer-reviewed, educational content for nurses working with people living with frailty in a variety of settings, and explores the assessments and interventions that are required to support them.

For specialist nurses working with older people, directions in global research on frailty and the importance of the integration agenda are also outlined in our interactive CPD learning module.

RCNi Learning module

Reframing frailty as a long-term condition

Long-term frailty
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Frailty should be reframed as a long-term condition that can be managed proactively in primary and community settings by supported self-management and person-centred care. This interactive CPD module discusses the nurse' vital role as key workers, care co-ordinators during all stages of the frailty trajectory.

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Video case studies

The following collection of videos present case study examples of comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) in different clinical settings. There is no standardised CGA and its application can be adapted by clinicians to suit different environments.

Comprehensive geriatric assessment in an acute setting

The first case study illustrates the value of a CGA when developing care plans for older people admitted to hospital as an emergency.

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Comprehensive geriatric assessment in a community setting

Comprehensive geriatric assessment in a community setting

The second case study shows how using a nurse-led systematic approach to assessment can help avoid hospital admissions and improve health outcomes for older people living in the community.

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Staying healthy at home
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Advice for older people on staying healthy at home

Becoming frail is not irreversible, nor is it an inevitable part of growing older. There is a lot you can do to stay well while continuing to enjoy life well into later life. This feature acts as a resource for nurses to offer patients who may be considered frail.

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Frailty in hospital
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Better ways to manage patient frailty

Caring for frail older people is the core business of acute hospitals – improve care for them and you can improve it for everyone

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