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.
Comprehensive coverage of the theory and practice of caring for older people provides a good basis for effective nursing care.
The well-written text, clear design and page-layout make the information highly accessible.
Case histories help relate theory to practice.
Recommended reading lists and references at the end of each chapter facilitate further study.
New to this Edition
New chapters on major policy changes and organisation of care for older people; sexuality and relationships in later life; and health care for older homeless people.
Additional photographs bring key concepts to life.
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
By Sally J. Redfern, BSc, PhD, RGN, Emeritus Professor of Nursing, Nursing Research Unit, King's College London, London, UK; and Fiona M. Ross, BSc, PhD, RGN, DN, Director, Nursing Research Unit, King's College London, London, UK