How to foster better care for older people
By 2035, 16.9 million people in the UK will be over 65, according to the latest projections. This means that taking care of older people will increasingly be part of a nurse’s remit.
Prompted by these figures, researchers are studying the relationship between the attitudes of nursing staff and the resulting care of older people (those defined as being over 65). The research has found that nursing students in particular are not keen on this aspect of health care.
One of the reasons given at the British Psychological Society annual conference in Liverpool earlier this year is that nurses have become used to a cycle of treatment, recovery, and release, but older patients may need nursing for extended periods of time.
It has also been established that women are more susceptible than men to being emotionally hurt by...
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