Communication and Problem Solving
This chapter demonstrates communication elements that help to establish useful relationships, how to use solution-focused methods when dealing with problem behaviors and how to incorporate psychosocia...l elements into assessment procedures. In particular, an effective model to improve communication is offered.
Foot Care in Aged Care
Foot problems are a common accompaniment of advancing age and are associated with impaired mobility, limited independence and diminished quality of life. This chapter examines the prevalence and treat...ment of foot disease, and suggests contemporary options for effective treatment that can have a significant impact upon the wellbeing of older persons in care.
Pain Management in Aged Care
Pain is most often poorly managed in those who are most defenseless against it: the elderly. In particular, those of the elderly who are unable to express their discomfort and ask for help in a clear ...and coherent manner. The focal point of this chapter provides nurses with an insight into pain as it might be experienced and manifest by older persons, and how it can be effectively managed.
Goals of Care: Ideal and Reality
This chapter explains in depth numerous ideals and realities of caring in a nursing home and lays a foundation for the other chapters in the book......
eChapter End Matter
This chapter contains the index to the Ausmed chapter series Caring for People with Problem Behaviours. In addition to this useful reference, a glossary of key terms included in the series is included... and a post-series test that readers may find useful to check their knowledge.
This chapter contains the introduction and preface to the Ausmed chapter series Caring for People with Problem Behaviours. A chapter list is provided, and a register of leaning activities. A pre-readi...ng knowledge test is also provided.
Complementary therapies are becoming an increasingly popular adjunct to patient care. There are a variety of strategies that nurses can offer their patients to improve the maintenance of personal heal...th. In this chapter you will learn about popular forms of complementary therapy and how they promote wellbeing in the elderly.
Delirium and Dementia
Cognitive impairment is common in older people living in aged care. With the percentage of the population surviving into old age and requiring aged care expected to rise significantly in the next half... century, the percentage of those with delirium or dementia in care is also going to increase. This chapter describes how to identify cognitive deficits and to manage the resulting symptoms using the nursing process.
The abuse of elderly people occurs both in the community and in healthcare institutions. To be able to identify and act on possible abuse, nurses need specific education, training and guidance to heig...hten their awareness. This chapter explores the causes of abuse and provides advice on early prevention.
Nutrition in Aged Care
Eating and drinking is basic to sustaining life. Withdrawing food and fluid leads to starvation and dehydration, and even death. The provision of sufficient nutrients and energy will improve a person'...s health and general quality of life, and this has a significant impact upon their overall sense of wellbeing and quality of life. This chapter explores these issues, and provides guidance on how to ensure the elderly in your care receive optimal nutrition.
Enteral Feeding in Aged Care
Nurses and carers must ensure that nutritional requirements are met for patients who are unable to eat or swallow oral foods. In these cases, it is likely that such persons will have an enteral feedin...g tube of some type. This chapter covers the skills required to ensure the necessary nutritional needs of a person requiring enteral feeding are met.
History and Issues
This chapter focuses on the history of aged care. It explores its problems and benefits and suggests ways of improving the aged care system. With diagrams and sub-headings this chapter is accessible a...nd easy to understand...
Skin and Oral Hygiene in Aged Care
Adequate skin and oral care is of extreme importance to the comfort, health and wellbeing of the elderly. Understanding how to deliver this care will ensure good patient care outcomes and prevent unne...cessary discomfort. This chapter provides evidence based guidelines to ensure that appropriate oral and skin care is undertaken.
The care of the dying is a challenging, rewarding and often inevitable aspect of aged care. However, maintaining dignity and respecting the wishes of those that are dying can be a complex and difficul...t task in a busy and demanding environment, and their are many pitfalls that can lead to a less than dignified death. The aim of this chapter is to introduce a broad understanding of palliative care and its application in aged care.
Pressure Ulcers and Leg Ulcers
Wound management involves caring for the person with a wound, not only the wound. Each person with a wound should be treated in a holistic manner that includes the physical, psychological, emotional a...nd social effects of the injury upon that person. This chapter explores the issues of contemporary wound management from the perspective of the benefits to the person as a whole.
Planning and documenting care are two fundamental components of nursing practice. Care plans should always focus on care provision that emphasizes the concepts of dignity and caring, and need to meet ...the legal and ethical standards that will ensure continuity of care to the patient. This chapter updates readers on contemporary care plans and how they are now formulated with the person, for the person.
Contemporary aged care is a multicultural environment. Staff, the people they care for and visitors to their facilities often have varied cultural backgrounds. The aim of this chapter is to assist the... nurse to appreciate the issues faced by such people and provide guidelines for interacting with them in a sensitive and caring manner.
The Relatives' Perspective
This chapter explores some of the common issues faced by aged persons and their relatives. It provides useful food for thought for nurses who wish to provide professional empathetic care for family me...mbers faced with the responsibility of admitting their relative to an aged care facility. It informs on how nurses can provide invaluable information and assistance in this daunting responsibility.
Occupational Health and Safety
Elderly people are highly vulnerable to hazards and risks because they are often unable to protect themselves. Aged care nurses therefore must be responsible for safety issues within their own workpla...ces to protect themselves and those within their care. This chapter explores the issues around occupational health and safety in aged care, especially from the perspective of self-regulation.
Communicating in Frustrating Situations
This chapter explores issues of communication in less than ideal circumstances. Frustrating situations experienced by nurses can usually be directly attributed to difficulties associated with communic...ation. In providing care for elderly persons, nurses can experience feelings of anger and helplessness as they attempt to manage challenging behavior. However, these feelings can be responded to in a healthy manner, which will assist in the prevention of recurring frustration, abuse, burnout, depression and discontentment.