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Advance Care Planning in Palliative Care

  • Defines 'Advance Care Planning' (ACP)
  • Identifies characteristics and practical benefits of 'Advance Care Planning' (ACP)
  • Discusses the importance of documentation in regard to end-of life choices
  • Advises on legal issues involved for ACP
  • Explains what support is needed for aged-care workers, families and older people

This chapter emphasises the importance of spending time in a well planned meeting with an older person and/or the person's family to provide them with choices at the end of life. It contends that if Advance Care Planning (ACP) is treated as part of the normal assessment procedures on admission to care, it is more likely that an older person's wishes will be respected at the end of life. It discusses the positive aspects of ACP and how professional satisfaction is enhanced through the achievement of well-defined goals and the application of best practice in every situation and how this can be achieved.

Contents include

  • Introduction
  • Essential nature of ACP
  • End-of-life choices
  • Making choices
  • Reluctance to discuss ACP
  • Review of ACP
  • Legal issues
  • Documentation
  • Funerals
  • Support
  • 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.

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