Caring for the Older Person: Practical Care in Hospital, by Ann Bradshaw RGN, Clair Merriman RGN

By Ann Bradshaw RGN, Clair Merriman RGN

The variety of older humans in our society is expanding swiftly and as they age, the call for for secure, powerful care is becoming. This ebook bargains readers the data and talent to supply all points of care.

Caring for the Older Person is written in six sections, masking the basic wishes of an older person:

  • Assistance with own cleansing
  • Assistance with movement
  • Assistance to take care of nutrients and fluid intake
  • Assistance with rest room needs
  • Assistance with the necessity for statement and monitoring
  • Care of the individual instantly following death

Each part begins with a proof and contains care techniques in a step by step layout. Written by means of skilled nurses, the publication is systematic and evidence-based, utilizing updated wisdom and govt coverage. it truly is meant to be a pragmatic reduction to enhance deal with the older individual, even if in sanatorium, care domestic or at domestic and to provide the reader the arrogance that the care they supply is secure and effective.

Caring for the Older Person is an important source for overall healthiness care execs, trainees, care assistants, or paid carers, whose paintings includes taking good care of an older individual; or a lay individual – somebody who must gather ability and self assurance to deal with an older pal, neighbour or relative.

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DON’TS: UNSAFE TECHNIQUES There are a number of techniques that are considered unsafe, both for the person being moved and the carer (Ruszala 2005). These are: 1. The drag lift. This is any technique that uses the person’s arms as a ‘handle’. The carers put their arms under the person’s axilla (armpit) and pull them upwards. It might include pulling a person up in bed or the chair, or helping them to stand from a sitting position. Damage can be done to the older person’s shoulder joint PRELIMINARY CONSIDERATIONS AND SYMBOLS 2.

However, this chapter will also be concerned with your own health and well-being. According to the Health and Safety Executive (2005) one in five of those reporting illnesses at work suffer from back pain, and manual handling is a major cause of back injury. In the period between 1996 and 2001 over 61 000 workers in the health service suffered a work-related injury, the majority of those (over 50 per cent) that resulted in absences longer than three days were due to manual handling. It was also found that 60 per cent of all manual handling accidents reported in the NHS involve patient handling, suggesting that staff working with patients are most at risk.

Depth perception can change, making it difficult for the older person to judge the height of kerbs and steps. In a review of the literature Moore and Miller (2003) found that poor vision was associated with falls resulting in fractures and dislocations, showing the effects that poor vision has on mobility. Cataracts, which cause the lens of the eye to become cloudy, are a common age-related change which impairs vision. ASSISTANCE WITH MOVEMENT 51 In many older people hearing can be affected by changes in the inner ear resulting in the inability to hear certain frequencies, initially high-frequency sounds.

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