"I would recommend each Home purchase a copy"- Ian Turner, Chair, Registered Nursing Home Association
"Identifies a gap in the sector and offers a practical means of addressing the need."- Des Kelly, OBE, Executive Director, National Care Forum
The Care Home Handbook has one aim: to improve the care and wellbeing of residents in care homes. It informs, reminds and refreshes the reader's knowledge, enabling care homes to meet the essential standards of care required of them.
Aimed at all nurses and healthcare assistants working in care homes, this invaluable, unique and jargon-free resource will help staff deliver skilful care, prevent poor practice, and build knowledge and confidence when working with older people. Grounded in everyday practice, this handbook promotes professional and person-centred care that is safe, high-quality, caring and compassionate. It features sections on the resident's journey, values and standards, core nursing skills, common clinical conditions, medicines management, infection control, and risk.
About the Editors Graham Mulley is Emeritus Professor of Elderly Medicine at the University of Leeds, UK, past Presidentof the British Geriatrics Society and Scientifi c Advisor to the International Longevity Centre (UK). Clive Bowman is Honorary Visiting Professor at the School of Health Sciences, City University London, UK. Michal Boyd practices as a Gerontology Nurse Practitioner in Auckland, New Zealand, and is a Senior Lecturer for the School of Nursing and Freemasons' Department of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Auckland. Sarah Stowe is a Locum Consultant Physician at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, Keighley, UK.
Forewords x Preface xii List of Contributors xiii Review Panel xvii List of Abbreviations xviii Section A: The Resident's Journey 1 1 Admissions and Discharges 3 2 Life in a Care Home 21 Section B: Values, Standards, Ethics and Probity 45 3 Respect and Dignity 47 4 Rights and Legal Considerations 58 Section C: Core Nursing and Personal Care Skills 73 5 Feeding and Nutrition, Hygiene, and Promotion of Continence 75 Section D: Common Clinical Conditions 101 6 Mobility and Falls 103 7 Vision, Hearing and Foot Care 123 8 Major Medical Problems 133 9 Medical Emergencies 155 Section E: Mental Health Problems 191 10 Dementia, Delirium and Depression 193 Section F: Medicines Management 209 11 The Management of Medications 211 Section G: Infection Prevention and Control 233 12 Infection Prevention 235 13 Managing Specific Infections 257 Section H: Procedures and Observations 279 14 Specialised Procedures 281 15 Clinical Measurement and Observations 295 Section I: The End of Life 317 16 Dying and Death 319 Section J: Contacting Other Professionals 339 17 Referrals and Template Letters to Colleagues 341 Section K: What if ... 375 18 Dealing with Challenging Problems 377 Appendix 1: Rating Scales 391 Appendix 2: When to Request Urgent Medical Help 431Graham Mulley Index 435