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Palliative Care




  • Using an everyday example, this chapter highlights the principles of palliative care in a nursing home
  • Included is a checklist of desirable features of palliative care
  • The importance of communication with those who advocate for dementia patients is discussed
  • The issues surrounding spiritual care and resuscitation of palliative care patients are addressed

This chapter details, by means of practical everyday examples, the benefits of offering palliative care to people dying with dementia - benefits that are shared by residents, staff, families and the whole nursing home community. It addresses common concerns.


Contents include

  • Commencing palliative care
  • Interdependent relationships
  • Care planning
  • Issues in risk management
  • The importance of communication
  • Resuscitation
  • Spiritual care
  • The ordinary human encounter
  • Measuring the quality of palliative 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.

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