Despite difficulties in assessing the numbers of neurological patients residing in long-term-care facilities, there is evidence to suggest that people with advanced disorders such as Huntington's disease, Parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis are being nursed in both “specialized” and nonspecialized homes by staff members with varied levels of relevant training. Evidence supports the view that special units can improve the quality of life for clients with advanced neurological conditions. In view of the likelihood that many nurses in nonspecialized homes will continue to care for neurologically impaired patients, a philosophy for nursing and standards suitable for establishing long-term care as a viable area within neuroscience nursing can be determined.
Questions or comments about this article may be directed to: Steve Smith, BSc (hons) RGN PGCE, Gables Care Homes, 5, Church Lane, Littleport, Ely, Cambs. CB6 1PS, England. Mr. Smith is a clinical nurse specialist in long-term care neuroscience at Gables Care Homes, and a lecturer at the University of East Anelia School of Nursing and Midwifery.
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