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By Ann Bradshaw RGN, Clair Merriman RGN

The variety of older humans in our society is expanding quickly and as they age, the call for for secure, potent care is turning out to be. This booklet deals readers the data and talent to supply all facets of care.

Caring for the Older Person is written in six sections, overlaying the basic wishes of an older person:

  • Assistance with own cleansing
  • Assistance with movement
  • Assistance to keep up meals and fluid intake
  • Assistance with rest room needs
  • Assistance with the necessity for statement and monitoring
  • Care of the individual instantly following death

Each part begins with a proof and contains care techniques in a step by step structure. Written through skilled nurses, the booklet is systematic and evidence-based, utilizing up to date wisdom and executive coverage. it truly is meant to be a realistic relief to enhance take care of the older individual, even if in sanatorium, care domestic or at domestic and to provide the reader the arrogance that the care they supply is secure and effective.

Caring for the Older Person is a necessary source for healthiness care execs, trainees, care assistants, or paid carers, whose paintings contains taking good care of an older individual; or a lay individual – a person who must gather ability and self assurance to take care of an older pal, neighbour or relative.

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Prepare the working area, paying particular attention to the bed height, and position of bed (may need to be moved away from the wall). For ease and economy of movement it is recommended that two people should make the bed, working together in harmony. To ensure ample working space, to prevent you and any helpers suffering back strain. Remove unnecessary pillows and place on chair/bed extension. To make an easier working environment. 32 CARING FOR THE OLDER PERSON Untuck and remove top layers of bedding and fold each piece on bed extension or chair (sheet, blankets, counterpane if used, or duvet) in the order they will be used.

If the older person wears cosmetics, you should ensure they are within reach, or help in applying them if required. PREVENTION OF PRESSURE ULCERS There are many factors in the development of pressure ulcers including illness, age, nutrition and hydration, position, shear and friction (RCN 2001). Skin should be inspected regularly for signs of pressure such as redness, discoloration and damage. You should check regularly over bony prominences: the ear, occiput, shoulder blades, spine, elbow, inside knee, heel and ankle, sacrum, iliac crest, hip.

In this technique the carer, positioned behind the person, passes their arms underneath the axilla on each side and grasps the forearm of the person to be moved. They then lift the patient back into the chair or bed. This can be done with two carers, one on each side, or ‘top and tail’ with the second carer lifting the person’s legs. They are risking damage to the person’s axilla as before. You should attend any moving and handling training that teaches the correct techniques that are safer for you and those you are caring for.

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