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and depression; understanding the causes of depression; identifying suicide warning signs; and making approach...es to withdrawn/depressed clients.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.
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.