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Nurs Older People. 2012 Dec;24(10):26-30.

Healthcare support services for care home residents.

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  • 1Personal Social Services Research Unit, University of Manchester. rebecca.hays@manchester.ac.uk

Abstract

Managing the physical healthcare needs of care home residents presents a considerable challenge to national healthcare systems. A range of local, specialist support initiatives are emerging to address this. A study is being conducted to identify what services are being provided, how they are organised and delivered, and the relative worth of each care model. Preliminary findings indicate that forms of specialist healthcare support for care homes range from enhanced primary care services to multidisciplinary support teams. These initiatives present challenges and opportunities for staff. The roles of nurses in care homes and specialist services will change as they establish new ways of working, extend their responsibilities and enhance their skills. These services can help nurses provide high quality care to residents. Gaps in the evidence base for dedicated healthcare support services can be addressed through this study and further research planned.

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