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Palliative Care and Aged Care: A Guide to Practice

Since 2004 the World Health Organization has been calling for better palliative care for older people. However, the particular challenges posed for these older adults through the combination of physical co-morbidities, cognitive changes and reduced social support are not always fully recognised by aged care services. As such, there is a need for a comprehensive exploration of how palliative care and aged care can come together to assist older individuals achieve what might be described as a good death. Palliative Care and Aged Care- A Guide to Practice meets this need and provides nurses with an in-depth explanation of how these two specialties can work together in partnership.

In providing this guide to practice, the authors acknowledge the excellent care already being provided to older people in many settings. They also acknowledge that partnerships between health professionals in aged care and palliative care are increasingly common. However, they are also aware that the concepts of palliative care are not always well understood. As such, the aim of the authors is not to shift to one extreme- the care of the dying- but rather to provide a practical guide on how to maximize the quality of life for older people until they die. Chapters are included that explore death and dying as both the historical perspective, and how it is viewed in modern society. The role of management in facilitating a partnership between the concepts of aged care and palliative care is thoroughly described, and the fundamental concepts that underpin the specialty of palliative care are explored in a manner that essentially ‘de-mystifies’ the aims of palliative care management. Law and ethics are considered in chapters on advanced care planning, and ethical decision-making ‘in context’. Two chapters are specifically dedicated to physical care, and the very complex area of palliative care of the older person with dementia. The eBook concludes with chapters on holistic care, interacting with families, and what happens after death: a topic often ignored in the literature.

The eBook Palliative Care and Aged Care - A Guide to Practice is compatible with most eReader devices and software and is now available for members to download. Subscription also entitles members to access the full range of resources that compliment and build upon the material described within Palliative Care and Aged Care - A Guide to Practice including a richly populated catalogue of Audio Lectures, Fast Facts and Video Learning Activities on the topics of palliative care, aged care, communication, ethics and a wide range of other nursing issues. Both members and non-subscribers alike may also purchase a hard copy of this book of from the Ausmed Education Online Bookstore, along with hard copies of the complimentary publication Communicating with Dying People and Their Relatives.

Contents include

  • The benefits of partnerships between aged care and palliative care
  • The complexities of advanced care planning and why it is so important
  • Legislation, philosophies, policies, procedures and standards of care for palliative care in aged care
  • Why it is critical to provide support for staff delivering care?
  • What are the aims of palliative care in the aged care environment?
  • Understanding the ethics involved in making palliative care decisions and subsequently delivering good care.

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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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