Care and Nursing Homes
Care homes are vital in meeting the needs of people living with health and social care needs and care home nursing offers a specialist and complex career in a changing health and social care environment. ‘Care home’ is a generic term that is defined as “a small institution providing accommodation and care for people who are unable to look after themselves.” The term ‘care home’, therefore, broadly covers all types of residential care facility.
There are two main types of care home:
- Residential care homes – provides ‘home-style’, live-in accommodation, with 24 hour-a-day supervised staffing for elderly residents, who may need extra help and support with their personal care.
- Nursing homes – equally provide 24 hour care and support, as above, but with added nursing care and assistance for residents who require input from and supervision by a registered nurse, who is in situ to devise and monitor care plans, provide and administer treatment (e.g. injections) and carry out timely medical interventions.
The range of nursing skills required for residents living in care homes includes:
- Clinical interventions
- Advance Care Planning
- Anticipatory Care
- Management of long term conditions
- Complex medication regimens
- Palliative and respite care
- Managing emergencies and identifying deterioration
Collaborative working with residents and families, the local community and primary and social care agencies is key and care home nurses are advocates for the people they care for, playing an important role in supporting residents to access the expertise of the wider multidisciplinary team in order to ensure that they are receiving the full range of health and social care support they need. (https://www.rcn.org.uk/about-us/policy-briefings/sco-parl-rcn-briefing-registered-nurses-in-care-homes-march-2019) (https://www.futurelearn.com/)
Benefits of working in care homes within the Frimley Health and Care Integrated Care System (ICS) include bimonthly Care Home Forums for learning and networking opportunities, as well as regular training and development opportunities.
Working as part of the Frimley Health and Care ICS you will be considered a key part of the multidisciplinary team. The EHCH framework (published 29 September 2016) lays out a clear vision for working with care homes to provide joined up primary, community and secondary, social care to residents of care and nursing homes, via a range of in reach services.
The QNI has published a learning resource for nurses new to working in a residential home.
To read more about the role from the perspective of one nurse visit: www.carehome.co.uk/news/article.cfm/id/1567712/nurse-reveals-work-care-home-nhs.
To learn more about Care Home Nurse jobs, read this article: www.nurses.co.uk/nursing/blog/care-home-nurse-jobs