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Family Responses




  • Explanation of the situation of close family bonds and how they deal with placing their loved one in a nursing home
  • Reasons as to why family members would be absent, even at the time of death
  • How differing cultures may choose to do the basic caring things
  • How nurses can help visitors cope with the stress of seeing the resident dying
  • Guidance for nurses on visiting the bereaved family members
  • How couples may cope with separation in the nursing home
  • Discusses why visitors may never come back to the nursing home after their resident dies

This chapter is about families and how they visit, when they visit, and if they visit at all. The chapter opens with a discussion of the vital pre-admission visit. The stories that are included highlight the dilemma of some families when the primary reason for visiting the nursing home is gone - when the resident has died.


Contents include

  • Family responses
  • Mother and daughter: old-old and old
  • The absent family: wouldn't you think they'd visit at a time like this?
  • Cultural considerations: bread of life
  • Visitors: I'm not the only one
  • The bereavement visit: send my love to all the girls
  • Couples: the milk carter and his wife
  • Unfinished business: coming back
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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.

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