Analysis

Seven-point plan focuses on older people

A ‘radical shift in resources’ is required to meet the needs of older people in remote and rural areas, according to a report published by the RCN with support from Age Scotland. The report, Going the Extra Mile, is drawn from interviews with community nurses and survey responses from more than 170 older people

A ‘radical shift in resources’ is required to meet the needs of older people in remote and rural areas, according to a report published by the RCN with support from Age Scotland. The report, Going the Extra Mile, is drawn from interviews with community nurses and survey responses from more than 170 older people.

RCN Scotland says that if the Scottish government’s ambition to bring care closer to people’s homes is to be realised, the community workforce in remote areas needs to be more flexible and accessible to patients.

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Rural areas are disproportionately affected by the nationwide challenge of an increasingly ageing population and nursing workforce, with 60% of community nurses in Western Isles aged 50 or over.

The report lists a seven-point plan for improving older people’s care in the community. One recommendation is to develop and support the advanced nurse

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