RNHA points to nursing homes’ potential to ease burden on NHS
Nursing homes have the capability the NHS lacks in delivery high quality care to older people, says the RNHA.
Responding to a call by Royal College of Nursing general secretary Peter Carter for relatives to help look after patients in the elderly care wards of NHS hospitals, the RNHA said the cash-strapped NHS was finding it increasingly difficult to provide the kind of support which frail, older people needed. RNHA chief executive Frank Ursell said that over the past 20 or more years, the NHS has gradually distanced itself from long-term care of elderly people.
“That is a simple fact,” said Mr Ursell. “As a result, it is not surprising that some of the essential skills and resources required to look after older people with multiple health needs have been eroded.
“That is not the fault of the nurses. Rather, it is the inevitable consequence of the NHS concentrating on other priorities. Meanwhile