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The role of lay carers – partners, children, neighbours and friends – has always been crucial in supporting older people. We have heard the coalition’s term ‘Big Society’ used a lot recently, but lay carers have always been there, often unacknowledged and unpaid, providing essential...
The use of indwelling urethral catheters has become a common aspect of patient care, but they can be a source of infection. Nurses can help to prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infections by using aseptic technique on insertion, following best practice in ongoing care and promptly...
When patients are discharged from hospital they are dependent on the professional and social care delivered by healthcare staff and also on the support provided by lay carers, family and friends. This article describes a method for determining the quality and extent of lay care that may be...
The editorial in the December edition of Nursing Older People (22, 10, 3) refers to the Department of Health’s pledge to reduce the use of antipsychotic medication.
Aim To explore the meaning of falling for older people who had participated in a falls prevention programme to establish the importance of identity in falls prevention interventions. Method Data were collected in a 14-week video observation period of two consecutive falls prevention group...
Much has been done over the past decade to try to improve access to good end of life care for older people.
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