Community Based Nursing

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Explain what is meant by the term “community based nursing practice.” Community nurses work across various areas, providing health care to people of any age. They provide nursing to assist in all areas of health needs to people anywhere in the community from community health centres, health clinics, schools and universities and client’s homes. This essay will focus on three aspects of community nursing, firstly, aged care nursing; secondly, the organisation ‘Silver Chain’ and finally, Holyoake; A drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre. What they are and how they benefit the community, to gain a better knowledge of what is meant by “community based nursing practices”.

Firstly, Aged care nursing is available to anyone over the age of 65, who needs help with day to day activities. Over One Quarter of a Million Western Australians (267,300 or 11.9 per cent) were over the age of 65 in June 2009 in this group 32,400 were aged 85 and over, (Australian bureau Of Statistics, 2009) with figures predicted only to increase. Therefore, the importance of aged care nursing is becoming greater . Aged care nursing provides assessment, diagnosis, treatment and evaluation to those that need it. This service is available in hospitals, in an aged care facility or residentially. For most people, living in the comfort of their own home is an important part of growing older, but for some older people this may become difficult without extra help. This is where aged care nursing or community care services comes into the picture, providing help with everything from housework, meals and personal care, to assistance getting out and about for social activities. If people are finding it difficult to look after themselves in their own home and it’s not possible for carers to meet their daily needs, residential care in an aged care facility is available. Aged care facilities provide 24 hours, 7 days a week care for patients, allowing family members to have peace of mind that their loved one...
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