All Resources (eChapter)
Writing It Down in the Bush
The demands of documentation may seem never-ending and almost impossible to manage at a small rural centre with very few scribes on hand. However, they are highly important records and need to be kept... up-to-date. This chapter provides useful suggestions for ensuring documentation standards are as good as, and perhaps better than, those of any city's multi-storey hospitals.
Writing What We Do in the Community
This chapter will examine the documentation Australian community nurses are currently using, the trend towards combining documentation and client coding systems, an instance of community nursing infor...matics in the US and some legal issues associated with community nursing documentation.
Health Records in the Home
This chapter explains the advantages and potential conflicts of using home health records. It demonstrates that the rightful focus of the home health setting is the client, the care provided and the c...arer. It shows that the aim of community nursing is to establish a partnership between nurse and client which empowers clients to participate fully in their own care.
American Experience, The
This chapter will provide a brief history of the transition to managed health care in the United States and outline the implications for Australian nurses, especially in relation to demands for increa...sed documentation practices. It will also motivate nurses to participate in improving health care delivery and community wellness and be willing to participate in the development and evaluation of global documentation tools to create a unified standard of care.
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.
Documenting Dementia Using Assessment To...ols
This chapter explores the use of a variety of different geriatric assessment tools and discusses their purposes. It focuses particularly on assessment tools designed for emotional, mental and behaviou...ral assessment.
Designing a Form for Your Needs
This chapter offers some tips to help you design a better form; one that will do exactly what you want. Follow simple steps in order ensure that your forms are well-designed and easy to fill out......
This chapter contains the foreword, dedication and acknowledgements for Ageing at Home: Practical Approaches to Community Care. The forward is written by Delys Sargent, the Vice-President of the Counc...il on the Ageing (Australia). A list of chapters and contributors is also provided.
Aged Care in the New Millennium - Retros...pect & Prospect
The past decade in aged care has been one of considerable ferment and challenge in relation to the growing demand on health and social services from an increasingly ageing Australian population, the g...radually rising profile of ageing as a national and international social policy issue and the increasingly proactive stance of the aged as a political constituency in their own right.In 1996, in a period of increasing demand, Australia made a philosophical shift in how aged care was to be provided and who would be primarily responsible for providing that care. This chapter elaborates on basic demographic trends in terms of the growing demand and increasing dependency, how the pattern of services has evolved and how key issues remain to be solved and be elaborated in Australia's aged services
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 disease or impairment. They need to be able to assist the elderly indi...vidually as completely as possible. This chapter examines how care can be integrated and delivered for the whole person.
Legal & Ethical Issues & Impact on the C...are of the Ageing
The law and ethics have a critical impact on how you as a psychologist, nurse, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, social worker, podiatrist, or dietitian provide community care to older people. ...Legal and ethical obligations provide a framework which must be considered when making decisions in community care. This chapter looks primarily at legal obligations affecting health professionals to provide an important part of the foundation and framework of a competent practice. It is also a tool to assist in resolving difficult issues that arise in your work.
Cultural Issues - Their Impact on the He...alth and Care of the Ageing Person
The process of ageing, like many other processes in life, is impacted by culture. This chapter offers explanations of what defines culture and its various components and helps to distinguish between c...ultures and encourage acceptance in the aged care community setting.
Ageing People Giving and Receiving Care
Ageing people both give and receive care and support within their homes and community. The first section of this chapter takes a global overview of the various challenges people face when they take on... the primary caring role of ageing people. The second part of the chapter looks specifically at ageing people who are carers of the middle-aged or younger people with life-long disabilities, primarily those with an intellectual disability.
The Impact of Falls on Older People: How... to Assess the Risks and Implement Prevention Strategies
This chapter looks at the risk factors of falling, both in the home and hospital, among older people and disputes whether prevention plans are truly effective. This is approached from the perspective ...of several plan categories. The chapter also includes and explains how to assess an ageing person.
Urinary and fecal incontinence present enormous challenges both to those who suffer from them and to those who care for sufferers. Incontinence is a multifaceted problem which is explained thoroughly ...in this chapter. Insight is provided for carers and guidelines are given through explanations, tables, assessment tools and management strategies for incontinence.
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.
Diabetes and Its Impact on the Ageing Pe...rson
Diabetes, both identified and undiagnosed, is greatly increasing in Australia and is no less prevalent amongst the aged population. This chapter includes the definition, characteristics and screening ...process of diabetic clients. A thorough guide in managing diabetes is also provided to assist carers.
Mental Health and The Older Citizen
Anxiety and depressive disorders, dementia and delirium are common mental health conditions that affect ageing people. These psychiatric conditions are discussed in detail in this chapter as well as h...ow these problems affect cultural interaction. This is approached within the unique context of citizenship.
Parkinson’s Disease and Brain Attack
Parkinson’s disease and stroke are common conditions responsible both directly and indirectly for significant morbidity and mortality in older people. This chapter outlines the principles for managi...ng ageing people living with these conditions in the community and provides guidance for ongoing care.