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Resources for Palliative Care
eChapter  12
Added: 22/05/2009
This chapter gives a general overview of the resources that are available to assist older people who are approaching the ends of their lives, and those who care for them......
End Matter
eChapter  End Matter
Added: 22/05/2009
This chapter contains the index to the Ausmed chapter series Gastrostomy 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.
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...
End Matter
eChapter  End Matter
Added: 22/05/2009
This chapter contains the index to the Ausmed chapter series Ageing at Home: Practical Approaches to Community Care. In addition to this useful reference, a glossary of key terms included in the serie...s is included and a post-series test that readers may find useful to check their knowledge.
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...
Changing a Gastrostomy Tube
eChapter  11
Added: 22/05/2009
The range of gastrostomy tubes on the market continues to increase. Tubes vary in size, shape, length, outlet, skin disc, internal bumper, life expectancy and cost. This chapter outlines the various t...ypes of tubes and how and when they should be changed.
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......
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'.
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.
Nutritional Assessment and Tube Feeding
eChapter  4
Added: 22/05/2009
This chapter gives an overview of nutritional assessment, selection of formulae, the equipment and methods used for tube feeding, feeding regimens and pumps......
Malignant Wounds
eChapter  14
Added: 22/05/2009
The problems associated with a malignant wound can have a devastating effect on a person's well being and can cause a marked decline in quality of life. This chapter guides nurses through how to manag...e 'fungating' or malignant wounds...
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.
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......
Palliative Care for Ageing People
eChapter  16
Added: 22/05/2009
This chapter provides a positive insight into palliative care in the home setting and its varying aims and responses. It also offers suggestions for the carer and community in terms of responding to c...ancer and other palliative care illnesses affecting the ageing person.
Advance Care Planning in Palliative Care
eChapter  4
Added: 22/05/2009
This chapter emphasises the importance of spending time in a well planned meeting with an older person and/or the person's family to provide them with choices at the end of life......
Diabetes and Its Impact on the Ageing Pe...rson
eChapter  11
Added: 22/05/2009
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.
Stomal Care
eChapter  7
Added: 22/05/2009
This chapter outlines the fundamental principles of care required to maintain a healthy gastrostomy stoma and discusses how to identify and treat some of the problems that are commonly associated with... stomas...
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.
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...

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