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Family Care in Palliative Care




  • Discusses the importance of family assessments
  • Explains the necessity of building a relationship through trust and documenting family relationships
  • Tables and guidelines provide clear actions a carer must take to provide the best care possible
  • Describes how carers can explain important information to the family members and keep them involved
  • Support advice is given for the well-being and support of the carer, family and elderly person

This chapter emphasises the importance of the family in providing support to an older person who is dying. It also emphasises the importance of a 'partnership' model of care in which the family's role is valued and supported. The chapter describes the aim of family support and how it facilitates holistic care of the highest quality at the end of an older person's life.


Contents include

  • Family assessments
  • Documenting family relationships
  • Impact of carer's role
  • Building a relationship of trust through partnership
    • Initial impressions
    • Family meetings
  • Information
  • Family involvement in personal care
  • The health of the family caregiver
  • Maintaining relationships
  • Family conflict
  • In the absence of family
  • Offering support or issuing advice?
  • Documentation
  • Support for staff
  • 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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