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Sudden Death: No Time to Say Goodbye

  • How to cope when the residents death is sudden and there is no time to say goodbye
  • A rare example of planned, resident-centred decision making, initiated and followed through by the resident herself
  • Discussion about the nature of aged-care advocacy in its widest context (the acute-care system)

This chapter shows some gaps in the care of dying residents. Reflection on these episodes of care highlights the importance of clear communication among all carers.

Contents include

  • Sudden death: no time to say goodbye
  • Site of care: couldn't I come back home?
  • Acute care: keeping pace
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Author / Editor Biographies

Aged Care Palliative Care Consultant, RN, Dip Arts, B App Sci (adv.nsg) Grad Dip Geront. Nsg, B Theol, M Theol, PhD,FRCNA, FAAG
Dr Rosalie Hudson's varied nursing career is focused on aged care, dementia care and palliative care. As a consultant nurse educator, with qualifications in theology, she explores end-of-life issues for older people; as an author, teacher and associate professor with the University of Melbourne, she seeks to raise the profile of gerontic nursing. Rosalie has had twelve years of experience as a director of nursing of a 50-bed nursing home, as well as extensive experience in community nursing practice.
Jennifer Richmond��s first career was in nursing. In hindsight, she declares the highlight of her nursing years was a long association with Melbourne Citymission��s Harold McCracken House. During this time her creative partnership with Rosalie yielded a valued friendship and a number of nursing publications. At Harold McCracken House Jennifer worked with many extraordinary and gifted staff, one of whom is novelist Michel Faber (whose photographs appear in this book). After the privilege of an editing association with Ausmed Publications and a postgraduate qualification in editing and w...

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