Evidence and Practice

Clinical

Person-centred communication with people with dementia

Person-centred communication with people with dementia

Practical approaches to supporting person-centred communication with people with dementia

Volunteer

Experiences of mealtime assistance delivered by volunteers

An exploration of the lived experiences of older patients, staff, relatives and volunteers

Open access
Preventing falls in older people on mental health inpatient wards: a quality improvement project

Preventing falls in older people on mental health inpatient wards

A quality improvement project conducted on four older adult mental health inpatient wards

Understanding the effects of adverse childhood experiences on older people

Understanding the effects of adverse childhood experiences on older people

Increase awareness of the link between adverse childhood experiences and health risk factors

Advising older people on physical activity: challenges and strategies

Advising older people on physical activity: challenges and strategies

Enhance your understanding of your role in advising older people on physical activity

Recognising eating disorders in older people

Recognising eating disorders in older people

Enhance your awareness of the manifestations of eating disorders in older people

CPD articles

Open access
Improving nutrition and hydration in older people with dementia in care homes

Improving nutrition and hydration in older people with dementia in care homes

Person-centred interventions to improve food and drink intake of older people with dementia

Frailty: an overview of concepts, risk factors, assessment tools and interventions

Frailty: an overview of concepts, risk factors, assessment tools and interventions

Increase your knowledge of how to assess, prevent and reduce frailty

‘Guiding Lights for effective workplace cultures’: enhancing the care environment for staff and patients in older people’s care settings

‘Guiding Lights for effective workplace cultures’

Enhancing the care environment for staff and patients in older people’s care settings

Implementing COVID-19 infection prevention and control measures in long-term care settings

COVID-19 infection prevention and control measures in long-term care settings

Enhance your knowledge of infection prevention measures to reduce risk of COVID transmission

Demonstrating empathy when communicating with older people

Demonstrating empathy when communicating with older people

Empathy is integral to communication with older people and central to person-centred care

Supporting older people experiencing anxiety through non-pharmacological interventions

Supporting older people experiencing anxiety through non-pharmacological interventions

Anxiety is a debilitating condition that adversely affects people’s quality of life

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

Why is measurement of lying and standing blood pressure vital in falls risk assessment?

A blood pressure drop on standing is more prevalent in those with comorbidities and frailty

How can person-centred strategies improve dementia care?

An empathetic approach to care can help people with dementia retain a sense of self

How do I use the 4AT tool for delirium?

Delirium is time-critical, but can be identified with a simple bedside test

Build your nursing expertise with the help of communities of practice

Participation enhances your career and develops new, diverse practices

How do I get involved in nursing research?

Nursing and care staff can enhance patient outcomes by expanding their research knowledge

How can advanced nursing practice improve integrated health and social care services?

Advanced nurse practitioners caring for older people need to raise the role’s profile

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