Providing Good Care at Night for Older People

Providing Good Care at Night for Older People

The experiences and needs of residents and patients in nursing and care homes are very different at night, and this is particularly true for those with dementia.

Yet nursing and care homes are not always inspected with the same rigour at night as they are during the day, and night staff do not always receive the same level of training, resources and supervision as day staff.

Providing Good Care at Night for Older People provides night staff with the information, knowledge and practical skills they need to deliver positive and appropriate care at night. The authors address all the pertinent issues in caring for older people at night, including nutrition and hydration, continence, challenging behaviour, medication, night time checking, pain management and end-of-life care.

They also look at the impact that working at night has on care staff and offer practical suggestions to help them to safeguard their own health.

The final chapter provides a set of night time care guidelines for inspectors that can also be used by managers to evaluate night time practices in their homes.

Providing Good Care at Night for Older People is essential reading for night staff and their managers and employers, as well as inspectors of services, policy makers, and anyone else with an interest in the provision of care for older people.

Leigh Hatcher interviews Diana Kerr


Diana Kerr has worked for many years as practitioner, educator, trainer and researcher in the field of dementia, and learning disability. She has and continues to run numerous courses on learning disability and dementia for voluntary, statutory and private providers, as well as carers. She is currently a Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. Heather Wilkinson is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Research on Dementia at the University of Stirling. She is involved in a number of different research projects and has organised conferences on the subjects of dementia care and research.

Product details

Paperback: 192 pages

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers; 1 edition (January 11, 2010)

Dimensions: 151mm x 227mm x 14mm. 295 gm


AUD $45.99 (inc GST)

RRP: $45.99