Care home nurses’ role in identifying frailty in older people
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.
- RELATED: Frailty resource collection
Identification of frailty is important because it may be reversible by identifying contributing factors.
Indicators of frailty are:
- Worsening incontinence.
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