The Community Nurse for Older People (CNoP) helps older people achieve as full a life as possible in their preferred surroundings. She offers confidential support and advice for both patients and carers, and promotes a healthy, safe and independent lifestyle. She undertakes a full holistic assessment of an individual’s needs and if then if necessary makes referrals to other health, social or voluntary services.
She accepts referrals from carers, family members, health and social care professionals or directly from older people themselves. They need to be over 65 years of age, with a chronic health condition, and either at risk of hospital admission, or experiencing a deteriorating health or social problem.
A key aspect of her role is to prevent hospital admissions and she works closely with the Community Matron, District Nurses, GP’s, Social Services and other health and social care professionals to achieve this. Should an individual’s health deteriorate, or they are finding it difficult to manage at home. She can assess and review their needs. Working with patients themselves, carers and the healthcare team it is then possible to arrange any necessary treatment or find an agreeable alternative to their present social circumstances. This may involve either a one-off assessment or regular home visits until a situation becomes stable.
Amy Sampson has been Community Nurse for Older People (CNoP) since 2014