In older people’s nursing one size does not fit all

Older people were all young once and often have unique stories to tell.

Older people were all young once and often have unique stories to tell

It is wonderful that, in our society, many more people live longer and remain active in later life.

At the same time, however, older age may result in complex physical and mental health needs.

Frailty, long-term conditions and social isolation are common in people aged over 75.

Our professional code requires all nurses and midwives to treat people as individuals, and to uphold their dignity by showing kindness, respect and compassion.

This includes older people, and herein lies a challenge: nurses upholding the dignity of older people with complex care needs must avoid assuming they are a homogeneous group.

How do they do this? By remembering that older people are individuals with diverse life experiences.

Two patients may have the same diagnosis,


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