|Animal-Assisted Therapy for Clients with Dementia: Nurses’ Role
||The purpose of this article is to increase nurses’ awareness of animal-assisted therapy as a treatment option for older adults with dementia. We describe the differences between animal visitation programs and goal-directed therapy. We also address cr...
|Assessing medication knowledge and practices of older adults
||An assessment instrument for home health nurses to use in assessing medication knowledge and practices of older adults was developed and tested on a convenience sample of 20 adults 65 and older admit to a local home health agency. The tool was found ...
|Caring for older adults in the radiology department. Are you prepared?
||Elders are the fastest growing segment of our population. In fact, we are in the middle of a longevity revolution. They account for 50% of hospital days and fill 60-70% of hospital beds; in addition, they make up 70% of homecare patients and 90% of n...
|Characteristics of nursing homes adopting environmental transformations
||During the past few years, many nursing homes in North Carolina have formulated plans to transform or enhance their environments to make the facilities more desirable places to live and work. The purpose of this study was to compare characteristics o...
|A Critical Review of Research on the Human/Companion Animal Relationship: 1988 to 1993
||Fifty-two research reports from the human/companion animal relationship literature published from 1988 to 1993 were reviewed using a shortened farm of the Selby Research, Assessment Form II (RAF) Descriptive data were analyzed for characteristics suc...
|Does continuing education in gerontology lead to changes in nursing practice?
||Continuing education (CE) is intended to enable nurses to pursue their professional development, be lifelong learners, and function in their roles safely and proficiently. The challenge for those providing CE programs for practicing nurses has been t...
|Education/community collaborations for undergraduate nursing gerontological clinical experiences
||In 2000, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the John A. Hartford Foundation Institute for Geriatric Nursing developed guidelines to help nurse educators incorporate gerontological nursing content into baccalaureate curricula. In 2001...
|Family caregivers' attitudes towards aging, care-giving, and nursing home placement
||Nursing home placement (NHP) is stressful both for older adults and for their family caregivers. This descriptive survey research investigated family caregivers' attitudes toward aging, their emotional appraisal of nursing home placement, and their r...
|Integration of gerontology content in nongeriatric undergraduate nursing courses
||During the last several years, a school of nursing in the southeastern United States has made concerted efforts to integrate geriatric content into every undergraduate course except obstetrics. Even the pediatric nursing course has infused content ab...
|Non-Pharmacological Interventions in Long-term care: Feasibility and Recent Trends
||Numerous studies have found excessive or in appropriate use of antipsychotic drugs in nursing home patients with cognitive impairment or perceived behavioral issues. Inappropriately medicating this vulnerable population can lead to several negative o...
|Nursing home environments
||Nursing homes! What horrible images those words conjure up for most Americans. Those of us who work in long-term care encounter the public beliefs that taking up residence in a nursing home is an irreversible road to suffering and death. People pictu...
|Older Adults: What Every Paediatric Nurse Should Know
||Older adults have always been important parts of children's lives, playing a variety of roles including grandparent, caregiver, friend, and neighbour. Grandparents also play a variety of roles in families. Often a child's first encounter with serious...
|Plants, animals, and children in long-term care: How common are they? Do they affect clinical outcomes?
||In spite of considerable interest and anecdote, the degree to which plants, animals, and children are present in long-term care, and the impact of these interventions on resident outcomes, has received relatively little empirical attention. As part o...
|The positive influence of animals: Animal assisted therapy in acute care
||Animal Assisted Therapy is a therapeutic nursing intervention that brings animals together with persons with physical and/or emotional needs as a way of meeting those needs. It is based on the growing knowledge of benefits that animals provide to the...
|Promoting thriving in nursing homes: The Eden Alternative
||The current reality is that frail older adults who live in nursing homes spend a good deal of their time alone, unable to care for themselves or their environments. They enjoy few stimulating activities. Even well cared for nursing home residents may...
|Providing health care to aging North Carolinians: Educational initiatives in geriatrics
||Between the years 2000 and 2030 the number of baby boomers over 65 in the United States will almost double, and their percentage of the population will increase from 12% to 20%.1 The older population in North Carolina will more than double, with the ...
|Quality geriatric nursing care as perceived by nurses in long-term and acute care settings.
||Aims and objectives. This study focused on differences in nurses’ satisfaction with the quality of care of older people and with organisational characteristics and work environment in acute care and long-term care settings.
Background. Numerous st...
|Recognize the many facets of gerontological nursing
||Fact: Older adults influence hospital environments. This patient population is now the predominant recipient of services in all healthcare settings—50% of hospital patients, 70% of home care patients, and 90% of ambulatory patients.1 Patients over ag...
|Required clinical course in gerontology: The key to providing competent nurse caregivers for the elderly
||In 1986 the faculty of the School of Nursing at UNCG began a major curriculum revision. Part of the new curriculum was an innovative and, for some of the faculty, a frightening course— a required clinical course in gerontological nursing. The decisio...
|The Role of Therapeutic Use of Self in the Application of Non Pharmacological Interventions
||The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services launched a new initiative aimed at improving behavioral health and safeguarding older adults residing in nursing homes from unnecessary antipsychotic drug use. This article is part two of a four-part ser...
|Sensory and Nurturing Nonpharmacological Interventions for Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia
||This article is part three of a four-part series addressing the use of nonpharmacological interventions in place of or in conjunction with psychotropic medications in older adults with cognitive impairment. Acquiring a better understanding of the mec...
|Thriving: A Life Span Theory
||There is a need for aging theories to become holistic and multidisciplinary with a life span focus. A theory is the construction of explicit explanations in accounting for empirical findings. A good gerontological theory integrates knowledge, tells h...
|What are Old People For?
||We are entering the most age-rich period in human history, and the graying of humankind offers us opportunities to adopt alternative perspectives and redefine issues and questions related to aging and longevity. William H. Thomas, a well-known geriat...