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Holistic Care: Why and How




Health care professionals working with ageing people in a community setting deal primarily with the impact of the consequences of a disease or impairment. We assist the person — and their family and support people — by helping them regain the overall balance in their life. But unless professionals have both the interest and skills to elicit what the impact and consequences mean to the person and their family, so that trust and an effective team approach will develop between the ageing person and the professional, a mutually satisfying outcome will not be achieved. This chapter explores the concept of integrated, holistic care and provides guidance on how this can be achieved.


Contents include

  • Explanation of the elements of holistic care
  • Implementing holistic care
  • Genograms and ecomaps
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RN, RM, DipAppSc (CH, M&CH), BAppSc (Advanced Nursing), MA (Education) and FCNA.
Theresa Cluning has worked in many roles within acute hospitals, residential care, community health, community case management, academia and management. Her colleagues have become her friends, and as she believes she never stops learning from others, she acknowledges the support and the sharing of knowledge she has received in every area she has worked. She says her story is typical of baby-boomer generation nurses. She began her hospital training in the 1960s and since then has nursed in hospitals, aged care facilities and community settings. Theresa has always enjoyed grass roots nursing pra...

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