Suicide and Suicidal Thoughts
This chapter discusses suicide and suicidal thoughts. It covers methods of prevention and aims to assist caring helpers recognise situations in which suicide is more likely to occur and to provide pra...ctical advice on how to try to prevent it.
All families are different: they are as unique as the individuals contained within them. They differ in history, composition and the dynamics of the relationships among family members. In this chapter... you will learn how to counsel entire families or individual family members effectively.
Psychoses and Thought Disorders
The term ‘psychosis’ refers to a severe mental illness in which the person suffers from distorted perceptions of reality. It can be, and is, terrifying for the person experiencing it and extremely... difficult and challenging for their carer to understand and manage. This chapter addresses the causes of psychoses and how to manage it.
Sustaining Supportive Networks
People with intellectual disabilities are a diverse group who embark on the ageing process from many different starting points in terms of residence, employment history, family constellations and heal...th status. This chapter gives insights into the impact of intellectual disability and discusses the probability of ageing people with intellectual disabilities still maintaining community living, with varying vignettes to add further explanation.
Techniques and Tools
How we speak to someone is important. The terms ‘counselling’ and ‘interviewing’ are commonly used, but often misunderstood. This chapter discusses what is meant by ‘counselling’ and ‘in...terviewing’ – and the skills that are required to carry out these important activities effectively.
Abdominal pain is a common problem in children of all ages. There are many possible causes and many of these problems go away without any specific medical attention. This chapter concentrates on the m...ore serious causes of abdominal pain and other problems that might require medical assessment and, possibly, surgery.
A Systems Model for Documentation
This final chapter takes a broader view of the subject in presenting a systems model for professional nursing documentation in aged care. In presenting a systematic overview of documentation, the chap...ter draws together many of the topics considered in earlier chapters and presents them in one coherent model. The model presented here puts many of the topics of earlier chapters into an overall context.
Accounting For Care: Documenting Residen...tial Aged Care Nursing
This chapter explores the problem of documentation in nursing homes. It outlines the forces that influence written records of caregiving in nursing homes and considers specific fatcors that inhibit pr...ogress towards a professional standard of documentation
Adcare Lifestyle Retreat - Empowerment a...nd Enrichment for People Living with Cancer
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Addressing Sexual and Body Image Concern...s
This chapter explores how all cancer patients have a sexual identity and are at risk of sexual and body image concerns as a consequence of their cancer diagnosis and treatment......
A Framework for Symptom Assessment
This chapter aims to provide a generic framework for the assessment and understanding of symptoms in advanced disease. It emphasises an integrated approach, recognising that various symptoms are often... related...
A Palliative Approach in Aged Care - Def...inition
This chapter provides an overview of palliative care and describes the palliative approach that is being recommended for all aged care facilities in Australia......
Political Imperative: Nurses' Work Visib...le by Documentation
What nurses document in their work conveys to others what nurses do. It is only by documenting what was done and how this was received that the quality of nursing care will improve and what nurses do ...will be recognised as worthwhile. This chapter encourages nurses to document their work so that they are accepted as useful health professionals.
Dementia Care Mapping
This Chapter discusses Dementia Care Mapping (DCM); a structured observational method for recording what a person with dementia is engaged in, and the quality of his or her response to that engagement......
The Elderly Person who is Confused
This chapter instructs readers on how to understand delirium as an acute episode and dementia as a chronic condition. It further explores how to recognise the features of delirium, depression and deme...ntia in the elderly, and explains the management of people affected with dementia.
The Person With Aggressive Behaviours
This chapter instructs readers on how to understand sources of anger and hostility in both those they care for and others, recognise a range of aggressive behaviors and to appreciate how the solution-...focused behavioral change model can help a client to change aggressive behavior.
Depressed, The Person who is...
This chapter guides readers in recognising the difference between episodes of despondency and depression; understanding the causes of depression; identifying suicide warning signs; and making approach...es to withdrawn/depressed clients. Issues associated with grief are also discussed in this context.
The Person with a Mental Illness
This chapter instructs readers on how to recognise the indications that a person is becoming mentally ill. It also details how to assist clients with psychotic illnesses and understand personality dis...orders. Also examined is how to use effective strategies when dealing with uncooperative behaviors.
Understanding Human Behaviour
This chapter conveys the key concepts about human psychology as a basis for understanding problem behaviors and the difference between mental health and mental illness. It includes accessible charts, ...cartoons and pictures, and is an essential grounding for the concepts that are discussed in this Ausmed chapter series.
Anxious, The Person Who is...
Anxiety is a common manifestation. This chapter instructs readers on how to recognise the impacts of anxiety, appreciate how your own anxiety can impact on others and to use the solution-focused behav...ioral change model when planning interventions with very anxious people.