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Death and Dying in Aged Care




  • An historical overview of how death has been perceived in the past and present by the media and society
  • Discussion of the aged-care policy
  • Explanation of 'hidden death' in aged-care settings
  • Defines 'palliative care'
  • Discusses the commonalities of nursing specialities of palliative care and aged care

This chapter discusses a range of views on where and how care should be provided to older people who are dying. The nursing specialties of palliative care and aged care have much in common; the chapter identifies important commonalities in hope that they will be utilised to develop more effective care systems.


Contents include

  • Introduction
  • Historical perspective
  • The media and dying
  • Ageing and death
  • Aged-care policy
  • Dying in acute settings
  • Hidden death in aged-care settings
  • Dependence and independence
  • Palliative care
  • Palliative care and aged care
  • 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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