Why is this research being done?

People are living longer than ever before.  Many people stay healthy as they age.  However, some older people develop health problems that make it difficult for them to live in the community and can affect their quality of life.  Anticipatory care planning is a process where a health professional discusses possible future care needs with a patient and puts in place a plan to help the patient deal with these potential health concerns.  We would like to carry out this study as we are unsure if a home visit by a nurse to complete an anticipatory care plan will make a difference to someone’s health or quality of life.

What is the purpose of this study?

The purpose of this study is to look at the effect of anticipatory care planning provided by nurses through a series of home visits.  Many people with long-term health conditions can benefit from an anticipatory care plan as it helps them feel more in control of their life and allows them to manage changes in their health and well-being.  The purpose of this study is to find out if it would be a good idea to look at the effect of home visits by nurses for people aged 70 years and over.  Half of the patients in this study will receive home visits from nurses in addition to their usual care.  The other half of patients in the study will receive usual care.

How many people will be in this study?

In total, we will recruit 64 participants into this this study.

What are the possible benefits for society?

Society will benefit from knowing whether completing an anticipatory care plan through home visits by nurses could result in better health and quality of life.  This study will also provide information about the use and costs of health and social services associated with these home visits.  The results of this study will be important to future planning of health care services for older people in the community.