Evidence and Practice

Clinical

Using video consultations to support family carers of people living with dementia

The experiences of a team of Admiral Nurses in setting up and conducting video consultations

The psychological effects of caring for a family member with dementia

An integrative review of the effects of caring for a family member with dementia at home

Frailty assessment and interventions for community-dwelling older adults: a rapid review

Frailty assessment and interventions for community-dwelling older adults: a rapid review

Nurses in primary care and community settings need to identify frailty and optimise care

Supporting older people with dementia to sleep well while in hospital

Supporting older people with dementia to sleep well while in hospital

Sleep is essential for health, well-being and recovery but is challenging in acute hospitals

Understanding the issues experienced by older people undergoing emergency surgery

Understanding the issues experienced by older people undergoing emergency surgery

Outcomes for older patients are suboptimal when compared with younger people

Reimagining care homes: can the COVID-19 pandemic act as a catalyst for enhancing staff status and education?

Can the COVID-19 pandemic act as a catalyst for enhancing staff status and education?

The pandemic has brought the challenges experienced by care homes to the forefront

CPD articles

Basic assessment and treatment of lower urinary tract symptoms in older women

This article aims to provide nurses with an understanding of lower urinary tract symptoms

Preventing and managing pressure ulcers in patients receiving palliative care

Preventing and managing pressure ulcers in patients receiving palliative care

Appropriate nursing care to prevent, improve and heal pressure ulcers

Preventing, identifying and managing delirium in nursing homes and acute settings

Preventing, identifying and managing delirium in nursing homes and acute settings

Older people in nursing homes are vulnerable to delirium, a condition causing confusion

Senior in pain

Holistic pain assessment in older people and older people living with dementia

Nurses have a crucial role in pain assessment for older people and those living with dementia

Sexually speaking: person-centred conversations with people living with a dementia

Sexually speaking: person-centred conversations with people living with a dementia

Nursing responsibilities in addressing sexuality in people living with a dementia

Type 2 diabetes in older people: pathophysiology, identification and management

Type 2 diabetes in older people: pathophysiology, identification and management

Exploring the implications of increased longevity and how this is linked to type 2 diabetes

How to

Hearing loss

How to address the communication needs of older patients with hearing loss

Hearing loss is a common problem in older people and may have a negative effect on their care while in hospital, as well as resulting in significant cost to the NHS. This article outlines the findings of a two-year project in an NHS trust to improve the care of older people with hearing loss. An important outcome of the project was the development of a hearing loss toolkit containing good practice recommendations and tools to help staff in all NHS trusts, and other care settings, implement practical and cost-effective improvements.

Planning

How to use advance care planning in a care home

Admission to a care home is a major event for many individuals and, for some, a time when they may lose their independence. It is at this juncture that they should be given the opportunity to participate in planning their future care. An advance care plan (ACP) is a means for people with capacity to document their preferences for their care and to enable providers to advocate on their behalf. Some people will have lost mental capacity before admission to a care facility, so it is essential for staff to be familiar with the complexities of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 to support residents approaching the end of life. This article outlines the processes of ACP and identifies resources available to support the introduction of ACP into care homes.

Practice question

How can I support rehabilitation of care home residents after COVID-19?

Nurses have a key role in the rehabilitation of people in long-term care

How can further deconditioning be prevented in older people after COVID-19?

Nurses can help counter the physical and cognitive decline of older people

Picture shows a carer helping an older woman who is walking with the help of a zimmer frame

How do I use the Clinical Frailty Scale?

Frailty identification instruments improve outcomes and help plan for future needs

How do I manage delirium in older people with COVID-19?

Delirium is a common coronavirus symptom, and people in long-term care facilities are at risk

My research study improves patient care – how can I share it?

Tips and rules for successfully sharing your research at a conference or professional meeting

Picture shows a group of older people hiking in the countryside

How do I encourage older people to become physically active?

Types of physical activity that can benefit older adults and some suggested resources

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