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Complementary Care




  • Discusses the importance of pain management
  • Explains various medication options for the manifestation of dementia
  • Lists other complementary approaches
  • Describes the benefits of massage and aromatherapy
  • Emphasis is placed on the necessity of volunteers and a multidisciplinary team

This chapter describes some of the many forms of complementary care that can be provided to an older person who is dying. It also has emphasis on the importance of teamwork among various professionals in offering constructive support to one another. The chapter discusses complementary care as an important component of total care and not just an 'optional extra'.


Contents include

  • Pain management
  • Insomnia
  • Dementia
  • Massage, aromatherapy and other complementary approaches
  • Volunteers
  • Multidisciplinary team
  • 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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