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Why support is vital for people starting a new life in a care home

Nurses should offer emotional support for older people when they pack their belongings to move into permanent care as the transition can be distressing

Nurses should offer emotional support for older people when they pack their belongings to move into permanent care as the transition can be distressing

While many nurses involved in hospital discharges are well-trained to support patients’ physical and practical needs, the intense emotional needs of someone transitioning into a permanent care setting are often not identified and supported.

A few years ago, while working as a community nurse, I witnessed the great distress of an older female stroke survivor, who was in a temporary care setting and awaiting transfer to permanent 24-hour bed-based care.

She sobbed loudly about the prospect of this move, and the distress she felt about her brief return home with a family member to select the few belongings that she was

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