Wednesday 14 March 2012
Care homes in England are increasingly struggling to meet the medical needs of their residents, research by the Royal College of Nursing suggests.
A lack of equipment, staff and training were identified as key problems by the online poll of nearly 600 nurses.
The RCN said the situation was being further compounded by the ageing population, which meant residents were developing ever more complex needs.
About three-quarters of care provided in care homes is classed as nursing.
It can range from help with basic activities, such as washing and dressing, through to more complicated services such as dementia care and using heart monitors.
38% of the nurses polled felt there were too few nurses to provide the right care, and a quarter said there was not enough equipment.
Follow this link to read the report "Persistent challenges to providing quality care"