Nursing Older People

By

  • Sally Redfern, BSc, PhD, RGN, Formerly Professor of Nursing and Director, Nursing Research Unit, King's College, London, UK
  • Fiona Ross, BSc, PhD, RGN, DN, Professor of Gerontological Nursing in Primary Care and Director, Nursing Research Unit, King's College London, London, UK

This title is directed primarily towards health care professionals outside of the United States. It conveys the depth of knowledge needed to develop the complex and sometimes delicate skills required for nursing interventions and support of older people. It takes an evidence-based and person-centred approach to understanding and meeting older people's needs as well as problems that nurses and other practitioners deal with every day, such as pain, immobility, breathlessness, eating and drinking. This edition has been extensively rewritten by subject experts from nursing, social work, physiotherapy, gerontology and sociology.
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Book information

  • Published: September 2005
  • Imprint: CHURCHILL LIVINGSTONE
  • ISBN: 978-0-443-07459-2


Table of Contents

Introduction

SECTION 1: AGEING AND OLD AGE
What is old age?
Demographic and epidemiological trends in ageing
The psychology of human ageing
The biology of human ageing

SECTION 2: POLICY CHANGE AND CONTEXTS OF CARE
Policy developments in the organization of support for older people
Health and social care for older people in the community
Nursing older people in hospital
Intermediate and long-term care provision for older people

SECTION 3: NURSING OLDER PEOPLE: INDEPENDENCE, AUTONOMY AND SELF-FULFILMENT
Communication challenges and skills
Hearing
Eyesight and older people
Promoting safe mobility
Care of the foot
Breathing
Eating and drinking
Eliminating
Maintaining body temperature
Maintaining healthy skin
Sleep and rest
Sexuality and relationships in later life
Pain and older people
Delirium (acute confusional states) in later life
Person-centred dementia care
Depression in older people
Dying, bereavement and loss
Drugs and older people

SECTION 4: CURRENT ISSUES AND REFLECTIONS ON CARING FOR OLDER PEOPLE
Assessment of older people
Health care for older homeless people
Health promotion for older people
Complementary therapies
Abuse of older people
Carers and lay caring
Reflections