Geriatric Holistic Care Resource Center

It is our pleasure to welcome you to the AHNA Geriatric Holistic Care Resource Center. This resource has been created in order to prepare holistic nurses and other holistic healthcare professionals wth the knowledge and skills needed to care for older adults.

AHNA was partnered with the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, at New York University's College of Nursing, in the Web Fellow project, which is part of the REASN (Resourcefully Enhancing Aging in Specialty Nursing) initiative.  REASN was a 4-year initiative that sought a comprehensive response among nursing specialties to support evidence-based best practices in care of older adults in hospitals, home care and institutional long-term care settings.

The Scope and Standards of Practice for Gerontological Nursing (2010) defines the goal of gerontological nursing practice as: provide the highest quality of care to the older adults within a healthcare system facing an unprecedented increase of their numbers. To do so, gerontological nurses employ a shared body of skills and knowlegde to address the full range of needs related to the process of aging, the specialized care of older adults, and the uniqueness of older adults as a group and as individuals. These specialists lead interprofessional teams and collaborate with older adults and their significant others to promote autonomy, wellness, optimal functioning, comfort, and quality of life from healthy aging to the end of life. (ANA, 2010, p. 5)

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