Wound EssentialsWound Essentials 7(2): Changes that occur in older people's skin

Wound Essentials 7(2): Changes that occur in older people's skin

Service delivery, Skin integrity | Carrie Wingfield

With the UK population living longer, and with people over the age of 70 presenting with at least one skin condition, there is an increasing need to improve knowledge and management of skin conditions affecting the older person. Assessment of the older person’s skin should be included in any nurse/patient consultation. Clinicians are arguably best-placed to assess and plan appropriate skin care for older patients and should consider the skin in assessment or treatment, regardless of the referred condition (Associate Parliamentary Group on Skin [APPGS], 2000; Norman, 2003; Courtenay and Carey, 2006; Wounds UK, 2007).