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Care home nurses’ role in identifying frailty in older people

Ways in which healthcare professionals may be able to help and intervene

Ways in which healthcare professionals may be able to help and intervene

Frailty is a condition in which an individual experiences losses in one or more domains of human functioning – physical, psychological or social. It affects up to 50% of people aged over 85 years. A combination of age, genetic and environmental factors contribute to a decline in multiple body systems leading to vulnerability to sudden health status changes, often triggered by minor stress or illness.

Identification of frailty is important because it may be reversible by identifying contributing factors.

Indicators of frailty are:

  • Falls.
  • Immobility.
  • Delirium.
  • Worsening incontinence.

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