Care of the older person’s skin

Share this article

Care of the older person’s skin

1 November 2012

The aim of this best practice statement is to provide relevant and useful information to guide those active in the clinical area, who are responsible for the management of skin care in an ageing patient population.

The Best Practice Statement: Care of the Older Person’s Skin was first published in 2008. This has now been updated using the latest literature, including international, national and regional guidelines to provide information that reflects current best practice. This document, as with the original publication, has been developed by a team of specialists, chaired by Professor Richard White.

During the peer review process, practitioners from across the UK have been invited to comment on the various drafts including tissue viability nurses, dermatologists and incontinence advisors. Their expertise has been sought to cover best practice across the range of skin issues found in the ageing population. The need to protect vulnerable areas of the skin and prevent skin breakdown form one of the cornerstones of professional care across all spheres of practice (Voegeli, 2008). This has led to the development of an updated guideline to support decision making by clinicians caring for the older person.

Free for all healthcare professionals

Sign up to the Wounds Group journals

By clicking ‘Subscribe’, you are agreeing that the Wounds Group are able to email you periodic newsletters. You may unsubscribe from these at any time. Your info is safe with us and we will never sell or trade your details. For information please review our privacy policy.

Are you a healthcare professional? This website is for healthcare professionals only. To continue, please confirm that you are a healthcare professional below.

We use cookies responsibly to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your browser settings, we’ll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on this website. Read about how we use cookies.

I am not a healthcare professional.