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Library - Care of the older person

Edel Reynolds from the INMO library team focuses on literature of interest to nurses working in the care of the older person setting

Ireland’s population is growing, with the demographic aged 65 and over rising steadily. There has been an increase of 14.4% in this age group in the period between 2006 and 2012, while at the same time the percentage of Irish people aged 85 years or older has increased by 21.6%.1 In this context, many nurses could find themselves caring for older people at some point during their career.

Working in the care of the older person setting can bring the need for up-to-date knowledge on a wide variety of issues specific to this area. In this article we outline some resources that may be useful for nurses working in this area.

The INMO holds its Care of the Older Person Conference on June 10. There will be many speakers on the day covering various topics such as; advanced care directives, the importance of activities, depression, diabetes, HIQA thematic inspections, and person-centred care. To book a place you can contact the organisers at Tel: 01 6640648.

Some literature related to the topics listed above will be explored within this article. These will be made available on www.nurse2nurse.ie

Important HIQA documents

  • HIQA (2009) National Quality Standards for Residential Care Settings for Older People in Ireland
  • HIQA (2013) Regulatory Guidance for Residential Services for Older People – Food and Nutrition Requirements.

Other relevant articles

  • Gustafson, Y, Nogueira, V, O’Dwyer, S et al. (2013) ‘Depression in old age in Austria, Ireland, Portugal and Sweden’, European Geriatric Medicine, (4) 3, pp.202-08
  • Melin-Johansson, C, Eriksson, U, Segerbäck, I & Boström, S. (2014) ‘Reflections of older people living in nursing homes’, Nursing Older People, 26 (1), 33-39
  • S tone, L, Kinley, J & Hockley, Jo. (2013) ‘Advance care planning in care homes: the experience of staff, residents, and family members’, International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 19 (11), pp. 550-557
  • Brandburg, G L, Symes, L, Mastel-Smith, B, Hersch, G & Walsh, T. (2013) ‘Resident strategies for making a life in a nursing home: a qualitative study’, Journal of Advanced Nursing, 69 (4), pp. 862-874
  • Karlsson, S, Edberg, AK, Jakobsson,U & Hallberg, IR. (2013) ‘Care satisfaction among older people receiving public care and service at home or in special accommodation’, Journal of Clinical Nursing, 22 (3/4), pp. 318-330
  • Bruus, I, Varik, M Aro, I, Kalam-Salminen, L & Routasalo, P. (2012) Patient-centredness in long-term care of older patients – a structured interview. International Journal of Older People Nursing, 7 (4), pp. 264-71
  • McCormack, B, Roberts, T, Meyer, J, Morgan, D & Boscart, V. (2012) ‘Appreciating the ‘person’ in long-term care’, International Journal of Older People Nursing, 7 (4), pp. 284-94.

Library services
The library has many services available to INMO members. You may opt to let the library staff assist you with searching. The library’s literature searching service for members is available for a fee of E6 and can be useful if you are having difficulty finding relevant articles.

Contact the Professional Development Centre and Library
The library staff are available from 8.30am-5pm, Monday to Thursday, and 8.30am-4.30pm on Fridays. Tel: 01 6640614, email: library@inmo.ie or visit our website: https://inmoprofessional.ie. Application forms for booking a conference or course are available on the website or by emailing:pdc@inmoprofessional.ie.



  • The Care of the Older Person Section annual conference takes place on June 10 at the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel. For details, email: jean@inmo.ie or Tel: 016640648


  • June 11: Diabetes Management in Care of the Older Person (5 CEUs)
  • June 11: Recognising and Responding to Elder Abuse (5 CEUs)
  • July 22: End of Life Thematic Inspections(6 CEUs)
  • September 10: Assessment and Care Planning in Residential Care Settings for Older People (6 CEUs)
  • September 15: Introduction to Dementia Care (5 CEUs)
  • September 25: Falls: Prevention, Management and Review (5 CEUs)

These courses can be provided on site in your own facilities. For details, Tel: 01 6640641/2 or email:pdc@inmoprofessional.ie

These workshops are Category 1 approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI)


  1. Department of Health, Information Unit (2014) Long-stay activity statistics 2012.
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