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Community nurse with older patient

Older peopleĀ 

Care for older people represents the largest area of adult nursing in the UK

Whatever care setting you work in, you will be regularly caring for older people with a diverse set of needs, which in turn require diverse expertise. In this section you will find resources and guidance on the key issues related to the care of older people.

Frailty in older people

Frailty in older people

Get advice and resources on identifying frailty in older patients and choosing the right interventions to help manage their condition.

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Guidance and resources for nursing professionals on the prevention, treatment and management of falls in older people.

Older patients: Delirium

Information, guidance and tools to help you identify and manage episodes of delirium in older patients.

Find out how to become a Delirium Champion

Supporting healthy ageing

This page looks at how nurses and health care assistants can support physical, mental and sexual activity in later life.

Mental health in later life

Information on how mental health in older people and how nurses can work with older people experiencing mental health issues.
Safe Staffing

Safe staffing

Read RCN's thoughts on what we believe will be important to ensure the new legislation is as effective as possible.

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