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International Journal of Older People Nursing

Sofia Witt, Emma Englander, Christine Kumlien, Malin Axelsson
BACKGROUND: Falls are a common and often a devastating health hazard for older people, causing suffering, morbidity and mortality. Falls are costly for society in terms of both resources and direct medical costs. Although knowledge about falls and fall prevention is well known, falls among older people are still a major problem. AIM AND OBJECTIVES: The aim was to estimate the prevalence of the risk of falls among older people receiving municipal health care. A further aim was to investigate the consistency between fall risk factors and preventive nursing interventions...
September 5, 2018: International Journal of Older People Nursing
Chieh Cheng, Nai-Ching Chi, Ellita Williams, Hilaire J Thompson
OBJECTIVE: To examine differences in the functional recovery trajectories between younger and older adults with mild-moderate traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the first year postinjury as well as health-related quality of life. DESIGN: Observational cohort. SETTING: Level one trauma centre in the State of Washington. PARTICIPANTS: Adults with mild-moderate TBI (N = 34; younger adults, n = 19, and older adults, n = 15)...
August 21, 2018: International Journal of Older People Nursing
Åsa Gransjön Craftman, Åke Grundberg, Margareta Westerbotn
AIM: The aim was to describe home care assistants' (HCA) experiences of providing social care in older people's own homes. BACKGROUND: With the increase in average life expectancy and related growth of the elder population, addressing geriatric care needs has become an increasingly vital issue. However, the frontline workforce faces major challenges in meeting these needs, including a lack of trained professionals entering the field. DESIGN: A qualitative inductive design was used...
July 31, 2018: International Journal of Older People Nursing
Nilgün Kuru Alıcı, Pınar Zorba Bahceli, Oya Nuran Emiroğlu
OBJECTIVES: This study evaluated the preliminary effect of laughter therapy on the level of loneliness and death anxiety of older adults. METHODS: This was a quasi-experimental study with a nonequivalent control group pretest-posttest design. The study participants were older adults living in two nursing homes set up by foundations located in the capital of Turkey. A total of 50 older adults formed the intervention group (n = 20) and control group (n = 30). The intervention group received laughter therapy twice a week for 5 weeks...
July 13, 2018: International Journal of Older People Nursing
G J Melendez-Torres, Sarah H Kagan
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September 2018: International Journal of Older People Nursing
Stephanie Constantin, Sherry Dahlke
AIM: The aim of this integrative review of the literature was to evaluate and summarise current research about how nurses maintain and improve hospitalised older peoples' mobility levels. BACKGROUND: Older persons make up the majority of healthcare recipients, and they are at risk to experience significant decline in their mobility once hospitalised. This can result in longer hospitalisations or nursing home admissions. Currently, it is not well understood how nurses maintain and restore mobility of hospitalised older persons...
September 2018: International Journal of Older People Nursing
Frances Horne, Pippa Burns, Victoria Traynor, Robyn Gillespie, Judy Mullan, Amanda Baker, Lindsey Harrison, Khin Than Win
AIMS: The purpose of the study was to evaluate the usefulness of the "Managing Medicines for People with Dementia" ( website for informal carers. BACKGROUND: The management of medications for individuals living with a dementia by informal carers is a neglected area of care. We know that informal carers find it difficult accessing reliable and comprehensive information about medications. We also know that the Internet is a contemporary and growing medium through which consumers access health information...
September 2018: International Journal of Older People Nursing
Jaana Koskenniemi, Helena Leino-Kilpi, Pauli Puukka, Minna Stolt, Riitta Suhonen
AIM AND OBJECTIVE: To investigate older patients' perceptions of respect in hospital nursing care and to test a newly developed instrument measuring the phenomenon. BACKGROUND: Respect manifests itself in the older patient-nurse relationship in terms of nurses being with and doing for the patient. Empirical studies investigating respect from the older patients' perspective are rare. There is a need to maintain respectful behaviours and attitudes within hospital-based nursing practice...
September 2018: International Journal of Older People Nursing
Nam Hee Park, Mi Sook Song, So Young Shin, Ji-Hye Jeong, Hyo Young Lee
AIM AND OBJECTIVE: This study investigated the effects of medication adherence and health literacy on health-related quality of life in vulnerable older people with hypertension. BACKGROUND: Health literacy is particularly critical for providing accurate information regarding correct medication intake to improve medication adherence. Additionally, health-related quality of life is directly related to impairment from chronic disease. DESIGN: A descriptive, cross-sectional study design was used...
September 2018: International Journal of Older People Nursing
Aleksandra Jarling, Ingela Rydström, Marie Ernsth-Bravell, Maria Nyström, Ann-Charlotte Dalheim-Englund
AIM AND OBJECTIVE: To describe the meaning of the phenomenon home care from the perspective of older persons who live alone with multimorbidity. BACKGROUND: In line with worldwide changing demographics, conditions for older people in need of home care are changing. In Sweden there is a stay-in-place policy and older people are expected to live and be cared for in their own home as long as possible. Home care, instituted by different laws, is a challenge affecting the older person when the private home becomes a workplace...
September 2018: International Journal of Older People Nursing
Fiona Cowdell, Judith Dyson, Judith Long, Una Macleod
AIM: To identify the frequency and impact of self-reported skin concerns in community-dwelling older people. BACKGROUND: Globally, the population is getting older and it is essential to develop effective interventions to promote healthy ageing. Skin change with age is inevitable and renders this often neglected organ more vulnerable to damage and breakdown; this can be costly to individuals and society. Maintenance of skin health in older people presents a health challenge that has yet to be fully understood or addressed...
September 2018: International Journal of Older People Nursing
Arsalan Afzal, Paul Stolee, George A Heckman, Veronique M Boscart, Chiranjeev Sanyal
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: This scoping review explored: (i) the role of unregulated care providers in the healthcare system; (ii) their potential role on interprofessional teams; (iii) the impact of unregulated care provider's role on quality of care and patient safety; and (iv) education and employment standards. BACKGROUND: Unregulated care providers in Canada assist older adults with personal support and activities of daily living in a variety of care settings. As the care needs of an aging population become increasingly complex, the role of unregulated care providers in healthcare delivery has also evolved...
September 2018: International Journal of Older People Nursing
Sarah J Rhynas, Azucena Garcia Garrido, Jennifer K Burton, Gemma Logan, Juliet MacArthur
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To gain an in-depth understanding of the decision-making processes involved in the discharge of older people admitted to hospital from home and discharged to a care home, as described in the case records. BACKGROUND: The decision for an older person to move into a care home is significant and life-changing. The discharge planning literature for older people highlights the integral role of nurses in supporting and facilitating effective discharge...
September 2018: International Journal of Older People Nursing
Panagiota Copanitsanou, Panayota Sourtzi, Sara Cano, Esther Cabrera, Andreas Charalambous, Jouko Katajisto, Helena Leino-Kilpi, Evridiki Papastavrou, Kirsi Valkeapää, Adelaida Zabalegui, Chryssoula Lemonidou
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To examine the relationship between significant others' expected and received knowledge and their background characteristics in three Mediterranean countries (Cyprus, Greece, Spain), all of which deal with economic restrictions, have similar social support systems with the family members acting as family caregivers, and cultural similarities. BACKGROUND: Significant others' role is a key element in the older patients' postoperative recovery...
September 2018: International Journal of Older People Nursing
Raeann G LeBlanc, Cynthia S Jacelon
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to clarify the concept of self-care among older people living with chronic health conditions. This concept clarification will assist nurses in addressing self-care among older people through research, policy and practice in offering an expanded conceptual model. BACKGROUND: Several policy influences over the past decade directly relate to the increased importance and economic necessity to require self-directed care for older people living with chronic health conditions to maintain their care at home in the community...
September 2018: International Journal of Older People Nursing
Silje Havrevold Henni, Marit Kirkevold, Konstantinos Antypas, Christina Foss
BACKGROUND: Care of older adults in the community is becoming increasingly complex. However, nursing staff often has insufficient knowledge and skills to adequately address the needs of frail older adults. There is therefore a need for nurses with advanced qualifications. To meet this need, advanced geriatric nursing has been introduced in Norway. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to describe the experiences of nurses with their new role as advanced geriatric nurses in care of older adults and to determine what strategies the nurses considered important in the development of their new role...
September 2018: International Journal of Older People Nursing
Sarah H Kagan
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 2018: International Journal of Older People Nursing
Kristina Ek, Maria Browall, Monika Eriksson, Irene Eriksson
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to describe healthcare providers' experiences, knowledge and attitudes in relation to the assessment of oral health in older adults. BACKGROUND: Oral health is an important element in the care of older adults. An increasing proportion of older people need the help and support of community-based healthcare services, which are responsible for providing oral health assessment for this group. Although oral care is an important part of nursing care, studies show that it is often an overlooked area in the care of older people...
June 2018: International Journal of Older People Nursing
Daniela Schoberer, Doris Eglseer, Ruud J G Halfens, Christa Lohrmann
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: In this study, we describe the development of evidence- and theory-based fall prevention educational material and its evaluation from the users' perspectives. BACKGROUND: To reduce risk factors for falling in nursing homes, nursing staff must enact multifactorial fall prevention intervention programmes. A core component of these programmes is to educate residents and their family members, both verbally and in a written form. However, users can only benefit from educational material if it is based on current scientific evidence, easy to understand and process and customised...
June 2018: International Journal of Older People Nursing
Maria Andersson, Bodil Wilde-Larsson, Eva Carlsson, Mona Persenius
BACKGROUND: There is a lack of knowledge about oral care among older people living in short-term care (STC) units and how the quality of oral care provided by nursing staff is perceived by the older people. AIM: To (i) describe person-related conditions among older people in STC, (ii) describe and compare perceptions of the quality of oral care (including perceptions of care received and the subjective importance of such care), within and between older people who have the ability to perform oral self-care and those who are dependent on help with oral care and (iii) examine the relationship between person-related conditions and the quality of oral care...
June 2018: International Journal of Older People Nursing
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