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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.


older people frail

Resources supporting the care of older people

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 

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

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

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

Care homes

Care home journey

The Care Home Journey is specifically designed to support nursing care in older peoples care homes. It is the first time the RCN has provided bespoke web pages for nurses working in this area of the independent sector and the content has been reviewed by current experts.

View the resource

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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