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Caring for Older People in Australia: Principles for Nursing Practice

Caring for Older People in Australia: Principles for Nursing Practice

Amanda Johnson (Editor), Esther Chang (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-38412-1

Sep 2013

617 pages

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Drawing on the multidisciplinary expertise of Australia’s preeminent academics and clinicians from the aged care community, Caring for Older People in Australia presents undergraduate students with a holistic guide to care provision in a rapidly growing sector. In recognition that clinical competencies and ‘issues’ do not occur in isolation, the text integrates the most up-to-date multidisciplinary research and policy with the practical realities of caring for older people.


Caring for Older People in Australia adopts a person-centred, primary healthcare focus to explore the most contemporary issues in aged care, such as:


  • Sexuality
  • Culture, diversity and spirituality
  • Nutrition and hydration
  • Prevention of falls
  • Promoting continence
  • Pharmacology and complementary therapies
  • Attitudes and communication
  • Care of the older person in the emergency department
  • Rehabilitation, co-morbidity and complex care
  • Pain and the older person
  • Palliation
  • Depression
  • Understanding and responding to behaviours
  • Bereavement


Caring for Older People in Australia reflects the rich diversity of people, settings and approaches to care and provides students numerous opportunities for critical reflection throughout.

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About the editors xiv
Preface xv
Acknowledgements xviii

Chapter 1: Primary healthcare and the older person 1

Chapter 2: Understanding the ageing process 27

Chapter 3: Person-centred care: culture, diversity and spirituality 69

Chapter 4: Attitudes and communication: the older person, carers and families 95

Chapter 5: Nutrition, hydration and feeding: impact on the older person 133

Chapter 6: Pharmacology and complementary therapies 171

Chapter 7: Prevention of falls 203

Chapter 8: Care of the older person in the emergency department 257

Chapter 9: Rehabilitation, co-morbidity and complex care 289

Chapter 10: Transition of settings: loss and grief 317

Chapter 11: Pain and the older person 345

Chapter 12: A palliative approach 377

Chapter 13: Promoting continence 423

Chapter 14: Depression in older people 455 

Chapter 15: Understanding and responding to behaviours 489

Chapter 16: Sexuality 523

Chapter 17: Continuous improvement in aged care 551

Chapter 18: Bereavement care 575

Glossary 599

Index 606

  • Regular case studies in each chapter highlight real world aged care nursing situations, with a selection of running cases to scaffold student understanding.
  • In-chapter critical thinking questions and end-of-chapter project activities and case studies.
  • Assessment tools to equip students for practicum.
  • ‘Resources and referral’ links throughout to relevant government/community/private sector programs and initiatives
  • Video assignments exploring contemporary aged care issues aligning with textbook learning objectives