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Mental Health and The Older Citizen
eChapter  12
Added: 22/05/2009
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.
Holistic Care: Why and How
eChapter  3
Added: 22/05/2009
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.
Physical Care
eChapter  6
Added: 22/05/2009
This chapter discusses the common physical signs and symptoms of older persons who are dying. It looks at various types of patients and how they should be cared for......
Care of Gastrostomy Tube
eChapter  8
Added: 22/05/2009
This chapter discusses the common problems encountered when managing gastrostomy tubes and the likely causes of these problems. The chapter also offers suggestions to reduce (or prevent) their occurre...nce...
Mouth Care
eChapter  9
Added: 22/05/2009
This chapter discusses the steps involved in assessing a person's oral health, identifying risk factors and the provision of care to optimise oral health and minimize the development of mouth disorder...s associated with gastrostomy tubes...
Reintroducing Meal Choices
eChapter  6
Added: 22/05/2009
People with a gastrostomy tube can have difficulty adjusting to a lifestyle that lacks food-centered activities. This chapter explores the symbolism of food and the losses experienced by people who ca...n no longer take food orally...
Ageing People Giving and Receiving Care
eChapter  6
Added: 22/05/2009
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.
Care of the Whole Person
eChapter  8
Added: 22/05/2009
This chapter emphasises the importance of a holistic approach to caring for the person who is dying. It focuses on the necessity to look at the person as a whole and not to disregard the psychological..., social, spiritual and cultural matters...
Responding to Dementia
eChapter  15
Added: 22/05/2009
In this chapter dementia as a syndrome is defined and discussed thoroughly. It outlines the progression of the syndrome as it affects the individual, strategies for the carer and also looks at the rol...e of both the carer and community.
Ethical Decision-Making in Palliative Ca...re
eChapter  5
Added: 22/05/2009
This chapter discusses the varying degrees of ethical decisions aged-care professionals are faced with at the end of a life they are caring for. It identifies many of the main concerns and provides ca...se studies to highlight the points raised...
Advanced Dementia
eChapter  7
Added: 22/05/2009
This chapter explores aged care workers' responsibility to ensure that their knowledge and skills in respect to the care of people with dementia are in accordance with best practice......
Complementary Care
eChapter  9
Added: 22/05/2009
This chapter describes some of the many forms of complementary care that can be provided to an older person who is dying. It also has emphasis on the importance of teamwork among various professionals... in offering constructive support to one another. The chapter discusses complementary care as an important component of total care and not just an 'optional extra'.
Family Care in Palliative Care
eChapter  10
Added: 22/05/2009
This chapter emphasises the importance of the family in providing support to an older person who is dying. It describes the aim of family support and how it facilitates holistic care of the highest qu...ality at the end of an older person's life...
Legal & Ethical Issues & Impact on the C...are of the Ageing
eChapter  4
Added: 22/05/2009
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.
End Matter
eChapter  End Matter
Added: 22/05/2009
This chapter contains the index to the Ausmed chapter series Palliative Care and Aged Care: A Guide to Practice. 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.
Indications for Tube Feeding
eChapter  1
Added: 22/05/2009
This chapter discusses the swallowing process and factors that affect it, the dangers and management of dysphagia and the indications and contraindications for tube feeding......
The Impact of Falls on Older People: How... to Assess the Risks and Implement Prevention Strategies
eChapter  8
Added: 22/05/2009
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.
Incontinence
eChapter  9
Added: 22/05/2009
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.
Selecting and Administering Medications
eChapter  12
Added: 22/05/2009
Most people with a gastrostomy tube require medication at some time. This chapter discusses various issues relating to the selection and administration of medications in tube-fed people......
Nasogastric Tubes
eChapter  13
Added: 22/05/2009
This chapter presents an overview of the indications for using nasogastric tubes and the care of a person with a nasogastric tube. This chapter also highlights the special issues to be considered when... tube feeding is provided through a nasogastric tube...

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