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.
There are many age-specific factors that increase the risk of adverse reactions to medications in the elderly and medication?related illness among the elderly is rising. In this chapter, learn how to ...safely use medication in aged care...
Aged Care Nursing
This chapter provides a basic overview of aged care nursing, including the skills needed by nurses who are routinely required to undertake assessment of residents and other elderly people. It also exa...mines the skills needed to assess, analyse and plan care.
Assessments are an essential prerequisite to caring for frail and elderly people. Conducting a proper assessment is a complex and important task, and it must be undertaken with a complete understandin...g of the components involved. This chapter reviews the elements of best practice for conducting an assessment in an aged care environment.
Incontinence in Aged Care Environments
Incontinence is a problem frequently encountered by nurses and personal carers, particularly in aged care, and it is frequently misunderstood. This chapter tackles the importance of understanding what... incontinence is, who it affects, why it happens and what can be done about it.
Dysfunctional Behaviour in Aged Care Set...tings
Dysfunctional behavior of various forms can present significant challenges to nurses who care for the aged, and has a flow on effect upon patient outcomes and staff retention. This chapter deals with ...the reasons for dysfunctional behavior, what the common causes might be and provides different strategies for managing it.
The Whole Person
The dramatic increase in the longevity of older adults in our global society has brought an expansion in their numbers and in their potential for trauma and dementing illness, the most common of which... is Alzheimer's disease. Dementia is one of the major health problems of our ageing society. It is the nightmare the elderly pray to avoid. This chapter sets forth a holistic model for exploring the complexities of dementia.
Memory loss is a common complaint as people grow older. Memory function involves the ability to perceive something, the ability to register this perception, the ability to encode and store the memory ...and the ability to retrieve this information at a later date. In this chapter, the reader will learn about memory loss; its causes, assessment, treatment and more.
This chapter provides a preliminary introduction to Aged Care Nursing: A Guide to Practice. Emphasising the concepts of caring and dignity, the authors outline the themes, motivation and need for the ...book, and list the biographies of contributing authors.