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A Palliative Approach in Aged Care - Definition




  • Explains 'Palliative Care' and 'Specialist Palliative-Care Services' and their characteristics
  • Discusses the aims of palliative care
  • Provides an overview of 'A Palliative Approach'
  • A case study is given and explained
  • Common questions about palliative care are clarified

This chapter provides an overview of palliative care and describes the palliative approach that is being recommended for all aged care facilities in Australia. Guidelines for this approach are given to encourage staff members in aged-care facilities to have confidence in their knowledge and skills and to seek advice from their palliative care team. The chapter does not imply that every person who is dying needs additional care from a specialist palliative care team, but gives information so the carer or aged care facility can provide for the needs and wants of the older person in their care.


Contents include

  • Introduction
  • Overview of palliative care
  • Aims of palliative care
  • Multidisciplinary teamwork in palliative care
  • Specialist palliative-care services
  • Multidisciplinary teamwork in aged care- a palliative approach
  • A case study and some common questions
    • What is a palliative approach?
    • Who can offer a palliative approach?
    • Where can a palliative approach be offered?
    • When should a palliative approach be commenced?
  • Implementing a palliative approach
    • Support
    • Documentation
  • Summary of a palliative approach
  • Conclusion
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Author / Editor Biographies

Aged Care Palliative Care Consultant, RN, Dip Arts, B App Sci (adv.nsg) Grad Dip Geront. Nsg, B Theol, M Theol, PhD,FRCNA, FAAG
Dr Rosalie Hudson's varied nursing career is focused on aged care, dementia care and palliative care. As a consultant nurse educator, with qualifications in theology, she explores end-of-life issues for older people; as an author, teacher and associate professor with the University of Melbourne, she seeks to raise the profile of gerontic nursing. Rosalie has had twelve years of experience as a director of nursing of a 50-bed nursing home, as well as extensive experience in community nursing practice.
Palliative Care
Professor Margaret O’Connor is the inaugural Professor of Nursing at Swinburne University in Melbourne. Prior to this she was the Vivian Bullwinkel Chair in Palliative Care Nursing at Monash University, where she established and led a successful Palliative Care Research Team. Margaret’s research has been widely published, concentrating on models of palliative care , issues of culture and the end of life needs of particular population groups. From 2006 to 2011 Margaret served as the President of Palliative Care Australia and in 2005 she was made a member of the Order of Australia for h...

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