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Documentation: Conveying the Story as well as the Tasks




  • How to make documentation which conveys the story of the resident as well as the tasks
  • An example of commonly encountered notes in comparison to an alternate, more comprehensive notes
  • Explanation of environmental factors including the importance of the care the staff provide
  • Discussion of whether documentation is a valuable tool for evaluating the care of a dying resident
  • Stories highlighting the need for appropriate funding to support the care needed by residents who are facing death
  • A story which seeks to try and point out the need to bridge the gap from the old-old residents to everyone else

This chapter wrestles with the complexity of documentation; the official record is discussed, both as a narrative and as a communication tool. Also explored is the issue of appropriate resources being provided to enhance the dying resident's care.


Contents include

  • Documentation: conveying the story as well as the tasks
  • Environmental factors: more than bricks and mortar
  • Standards: a measure of dignity
  • Economic/political issues: we must fill the bed today
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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.
Jennifer Richmond��s first career was in nursing. In hindsight, she declares the highlight of her nursing years was a long association with Melbourne Citymission��s Harold McCracken House. During this time her creative partnership with Rosalie yielded a valued friendship and a number of nursing publications. At Harold McCracken House Jennifer worked with many extraordinary and gifted staff, one of whom is novelist Michel Faber (whose photographs appear in this book). After the privilege of an editing association with Ausmed Publications and a postgraduate qualification in editing and w...

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