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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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Dementia twitter chat

We're holding a Twitter chat to discuss dementia care on Tuesday 27th September from 7pm - 8pm. Whether you’re a student nurse, registered nurse, health care assistant (HCA) or Assistant Practitioner (AP), someone living with dementia, a carer or family member, join us to discuss this important issue on hashtag #RCNchat

Older patients: Delirium

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

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.
RCN Scotland publication showcasing older people

A Positive Choice

Eight stories celebrating the expertise, knowledge and compassion of the nursing staff who care for our older people.

A Positive Choice

Access more older people resources

We are in the process of updating content from the previous RCN older people resource and adding it to the new website. You can still access the original content on the RCN archive site.