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Nursing Older People

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Chickens helping to improve health of care home residents


A project linking older people with hens to combat social isolation has been launched in care homes in Yorkshire, following a successful pilot.

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East Midlands GP practices placed in special measures


Two GP practices in the East Midlands have been placed in special measures after being rated “inadequate” by the Care Quality Commission.

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Hydrated residents have better appetites because they are more alert

Reducing dehydration in residents of care homes Subscription Required

Involving all staff in strategies to improve hydration among residents enabled a care home to reduce health problems and improve the general atmosphere in the home.

Care home residents may not get the help they need to drink enough fluids

Do care homes increase risk of dehydration? Subscription Required

A study compared dehydration levels of older hospital patients arriving from care homes with those living in their own homes and found care home residents at increased risk.

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How board games can be used to improve safety

How board games can be used to improve safety Subscription Required


Board games are raising staff awareness of pressure ulcer prevention and other patient safety issues as part of a wider regional education and improvement programme.

A dementia first aid course for family carers

A dementia first aid course for family carers Subscription Required


A dementia first aid course dealing with frustrating and challenging behaviour was set up to support people who care for members of their family with dementia.

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Research indicates that there are eight main factors that promote dignity in care. Each of these contributes to a person’s sense of self respect, and they should all be present in care.

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