Saturday, September 28th 2013
End of life care in the nursing home setting
An increasing number of people now die in nursing and residential care homes, yet comparatively little attention has been paid to end-of-life care practice and its challenges in this setting. Personalised care, dignity and respect, making time, talking about death, relatives’ roles, and staff support should be priorities for all concerned. Training is vital in helping staff to engage sensitively, respectfully and creatively with dying residents, so that staff can care in a way that is attuned to the personality, life history and wishes of the person.
Falls, medication and the use of restraints
Although falls are common and most are benign and injury-free, yet 10-25% result in hospital admission and/or fractures. An effective multifaceted fall prevention programme for nursing home residents should include risk factor assessment and modification, staff education, gait assessment and intervention, assistive device assessment and optimization, as well as environmental assessment and modification. The use of restraints has been common but recent studies have reported that physical restraints are inadequate to prevent falls; they may even be a cause of falls and have other adverse effects such as pressure sores, depression, aggression and death.
|Nursing Now 2013 - Siobhan Kennelly|
|2013-10-20 574.98 KB 7703|
|Managing Symptoms in the Dying Patient|
Managing Symptoms in the Dying Patient
|2013-10-20 1.38 MB 7444|
|What palliative care can offer|
What palliative care can offer - Dr Joan Cunningham
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For more information: download brochure
|Nursing Now 2013 Brochure|
|2013-05-30 1.01 MB 8217|