Nursing Older People
Nursing Older People,
Edition 4
By Sally J. Redfern, BSc, PhD, RGN and Fiona M. Ross, BSc, PhD, RGN, DN

Publication Date : 22 Sept 2005

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Description
The fourth edition of this highly successful text is an ideal resource for practitioners from all disciplines working in a wide range of care settings for older people. 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. The 34 chapters are organised in four sections, which cover:

• Ageing and old age
• Policy Change and the Contexts of Care
• Nursing Older People: independence, autonomy and self-fulfilment
• Current issues and reflections on caring for older people.

Key Features

  • 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 Features

  • 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.
About the author
By Sally J. Redfern, BSc, PhD, RGN, Formerly Professor of Nursing and Director, Nursing Research Unit, King's College, London, UK and Fiona M. Ross, BSc, PhD, RGN, DN, Professor of Gerontological Nursing in Primary Care and Director, Nursing Research Unit, King's College London, London, UK
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
Book details
ISBN: 9780443074592
Page Count: 792
Illustrations: 75 ills.
Retail Price: £43.99