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Care of the Whole Person




  • Defines 'dignity' and 'quality of life'
  • Describes the various types of psychological care
  • Provides assessment guidelines and plan of care for spiritual needs
  • Assesses the importance of social care and cultural care
  • Discusses the significance of intimacy and sexuality among older people who are dying

This chapter emphasises the importance of a holistic approach to caring for the person who is dying. It focuses on the necessity to look at the person as a whole and not to disregard the psychological, social, spiritual and cultural matters that could arise.


Contents include

  • Dignity and quality of life
    • Perceptions of dignity and conferring dignity
  • Psychological care
    • Assessment
    • Emotional care
    • Anxiety and depression
    • Delirium
    • Suicidal thoughts
  • Spiritual care
    • Nature of spiritual care
    • Assessment
    • Care plan
  • Social care
    • Significance of companionship
    • Assessment of social needs
    • Touch
  • Intimacy and sexuality
  • Cultural care
  • Documentation
  • 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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