Enhancing safety, quality and experience of residents in care homes

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The speakers will provide key messages about best practice in regards to a wide range of topics that include medications management, mobility, infection control, activity, spirituality and palliative care. The purpose of this presentation is to share with nurses how they can overcome complexities associated with care home nursing and enhance care for their residents. This presentation will illuminate pertinent case studies as well as legislative policy throughout. 1. Care Home Context – an overview of what care homes are, the evolving types of care they provide, the challenges that care homes face with reference to RCN Foundation Report led by Prof Spilsbury, reference to inspiring leaders within the sector. Introduction to Fringe event, objectives and presentation of hypothetical case-study. (5 minutes). Possible supporting resource: http://journals.rcni.com/doi/abs/10.7748/nop.2016.e817 Cousins et al. (2016) ‘An overview of challenges facing care homes in the UK’, Nursing Older People, 28, (9), pp. 18-21. 2. The Beginning of the Journey – focus on the importance of pre-assessment, admission and entry to the care home. These slides will focus on how practitioners can plan person-centred care for their resident at the very beginning. A brief overview of the types of questions/assessments will be presented. For example (MUST tool for nutritional needs, Abbey Pain Scale for pain assessment, Waterlow for mobility etc.) Move onto ‘Case Study’ (10 minutes) 3. Group work, ask audience members about what might be pertinent in the presented case study during assessment (will focus on 2-3 areas, for example falls, weight-loss and insomnia). (5 minutes) Possible supporting resource: RCN resources on falls and nutritional support for older people? 4. Living well in a care home ‘General’ – focus on continued assessment, developing rapport, meaningful activity and how to live will (e.g. enhancing experience of living well). Continue with specific case-study and focus resident who has now lost mobility and developed pressure ulcer. Aim to link to content on how pressure ulcer should be avoided and can be managed. Further link to how pressure ulceration might be a case for safeguarding and highlight other possible examples of safeguarding. (8-10 minutes) 5. Mini-debate with audience, following on from safeguarding, about when/if restraint is acceptable within a care home. Possible supporting resource: RCN Let’s talk about restraint documentation. (5 minutes) 6. Dying Well in a care home – focus on the end of the journey and what ideally take place before (advance care-planning, spirituality preferences and link to gold standards framework as supporting guide). Conclude case study with overview of how person died well in a care home. Possible supporting resource: Getting it right every time RCN resource. (8-10 minutes) 7. Conclusion & opportunities for questions (3-5 minutes).
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 14 May 2017
EventRCN Congress 2017 - Echo Arena, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Duration: 13 May 201717 May 2017


ConferenceRCN Congress 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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