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Our clinical nursing articles aim to inform and educate nurse practitioners and students. This is achieved through the publication of peer-reviewed, evidence-based, relevant and topical articles.

Nutritional interventions in older people with COVID-19: an overview of the evidence

Nutritional interventions in older people with COVID-19: an overview of the evidence

The role of nutritional interventions in the treatment of, and recovery from, COVID-19

Nurse talking to patient

‘Five things about me’ – enhancing person-centred care for older people

How person-centred care includes the whole person, including values, beliefs and aspirations

Exploring the use of music as an intervention for older people living in nursing homes

Exploring the use of music as an intervention for older people living in nursing homes

Why you should read this article: • To understand why enjoying cultural events such as music concerts is regarded as a human right • To enhance your understanding of why older people are often excluded from such events • To learn more about the health and well-being benefits of music for older people in nursing homes Background Enjoying cultural events such as musical performances is a human right as well as contributing to quality of life. However, older people who live in nursing homes are often excluded from such events. Music interventions for older people with cognitive decline have been shown to have a positive effect on their mood and behaviour, particularly in terms of anxiety, agitation and irritability. Aim To investigate the effect of musical interventions in nursing homes from the perspective of older people, their relatives and caregivers. Method Musical performances were held at 11 nursing homes in Sweden. These performances were followed by semi-structured interviews that aimed to capture the experiences of the older people, their relatives and caregivers. The interviews were analysed by qualitative thematic analysis. Findings Four relational themes were generated from the analysis: music enhances well-being for the body and soul, music evokes emotions and a ‘spark of life’, music adds a ‘silver lining’ to everyday life, and music inspires a journey of the imagination through time and space. Conclusion The music concerts had a positive effect on older people, their relatives and caregivers. Providing cultural encounters in nursing homes is an important caring intervention.

Organic versus mixed specialist older adult inpatient mental health units for people with dementia

Organic versus mixed specialist older adult inpatient mental health units

Does care quality for people with dementia differ between mixed and organic wards?

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

Nursing students’ experiences of, and socialisation in, dementia care in the acute hospital setting

Nursing students’ experiences of dementia care in the acute hospital setting

Students need to be socialised in dementia care earlier during undergraduate nurse education

Improving medicine concordance

Improving medicine concordance in a patient with Parkinson’s and dementia: a case study

Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition and can lead to Parkinson’s dementia

Managing malnutrition in older adults in the community during the COVID-19 pandemic

Care interventions for older adults in the community to identify malnutrition risk

Benefits of medicines optimisation for older people living with frailty

A case study of polypharmacy involving an older person living with frailty

Effective mouth care for older people living in nursing homes

The reasons why oral health can deteriorate in nursing home residents and potential effects

Identifying and treating sepsis in older people: a quality improvement project in Texas

Sepsis training for hospital and nursing home staff can reduce sepsis mortality

Developing a support group for carers of people living with dementia

A dementia nurse specialist who ran an educational support group for carers reflects on it

Fast-track training of temporary healthcare support workers to supplement hospital...

How a Scottish health board trained and redeployed staff to work as temporary healthcare...

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