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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
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...
May 17, 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...
May 10, 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...
April 27, 2018: International Journal of Older People Nursing
Sarah H Kagan
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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
Heather A Cooke
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: This article aims to examine RCAs' own experiences of personhood in dementia care settings. BACKGROUND: Conceptually, person-centred care entails fostering the personhood of residents and the residential care aides (RCAs) who provide much of their hands-on care. To date, however, staff personhood has been overlooked in the empirical literature. DESIGN: The study was part of a larger focused ethnographic project exploring how the organisational care environment impedes or facilitates the provision of quality dementia care...
June 2018: International Journal of Older People Nursing
Karen Ford, Leigh Tesch, Jacqueline Dawborn, Helen Courtney-Pratt
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the impact of an arts in health programme delivered by a specialised artist within an acute older person's unit. BACKGROUND: Acute hospitals must meet the increasingly complex needs of older people who experience multiple comorbidities, often including cognitive impairment, either directly related to their admission or longer term conditions, including dementia. A focus on physical illness, efficiency and tasks within an acute care environment can all divert attention from the psychosocial well-being of patients...
June 2018: International Journal of Older People Nursing
Joan Ostaszkiewicz
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To describe and critically analyse the thinking that led to the concept of an association between incontinence, care dependence and elder abuse. BACKGROUND: Coercive or abusive continence care practices include chastising a person for their incontinence and overriding their attempts to resist continence care. Neglect in continence care is characterised by withholding or delaying responding to requests for help to maintain continence or to manage incontinence, and restricting a person's access to toileting assistance, incontinence aids or hygiene care...
June 2018: International Journal of Older People Nursing
Carina Göransson, Irene Eriksson, Kristina Ziegert, Yvonne Wengström, Ann Langius-Eklöf, Maria Brovall, Annica Kihlgren, Karin Blomberg
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To explore the experiences of using an app among older people with home-based health care and their nurses. BACKGROUND: Few information and communication technology innovations have been developed and tested for older people with chronic conditions living at home with home-based health care support. Innovative ways to support older people's health and self-care are needed. DESIGN: Explorative qualitative design. METHODS: For 3 months to report health concerns, older people receiving home-based health care used an interactive app, which included direct access to self-care advice, graphs and a risk assessment model that sends alerts to nurses for rapid management...
June 2018: International Journal of Older People Nursing
Melissa Willoughby, Joseph Elias Ibrahim, Noha Ferrah, Lyndal Bugeja
AIM: To examine whether residential respite care increases the risk of harm to older people and suggest directions for future research and policy. BACKGROUND: Respite care is a vital part of the aged care system that supports dependent older people and their caregivers to continue residing in the community. There is little research determining whether an older person experiences harm from residential respite. METHODS: This commentary considered conceptual research and existing empirical evidence to determine whether the risk of death was greater during residential respite care for older people...
June 2018: International Journal of Older People Nursing
Jane Chung, Jin Young Seo, Jongwon Lee
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to explore multilevel factors affecting older Korean immigrants' health-seeking behaviours. BACKGROUND: Although studies have documented significant issues related to healthcare access and utilisation issues among older immigrants, a noted limitation of current research is its failure to explore multiple factors related to their health-seeking behaviours. DESIGN: A qualitative study using interview data from two previous studies...
June 2018: International Journal of Older People Nursing
Catharina Melander, Stefan Sävenstedt, Britt-Marie Wälivaara, Malin Olsson
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To explore how Martha Nussbaum's approach to human capabilities can apply to dignity in the lives of people with advanced dementia living in nursing homes. BACKGROUND: Challenges experienced when supporting people with advanced dementia who express problematic behaviours include understanding their needs and ensuring a dignified life for them. DESIGN AND METHODS: Data were gathered using an ethnographic approach based on participatory observation...
June 2018: International Journal of Older People Nursing
Youjeong Kang, George Demiris
BACKGROUND: Pain is common in older adults, but it is often underreported or undertreated partly because many consider pain to be a normal consequence of ageing. Among the plethora of available self-report pain assessment tools, there is no synthetised evidence which tools are indicated for use among cognitively intact older adults. PURPOSE OF THE STUDY: To understand documented self-report pain assessment tools that have been used among cognitively intact older adults, and to describe their characteristics including overall performance as well as studies demonstrating their use...
June 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...
April 17, 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...
March 30, 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...
March 25, 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...
March 25, 2018: International Journal of Older People Nursing
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