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Caring for Older People in Nursing
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Caring for Older People in Nursing

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November 2013 | 256 pages | Learning Matters

This book is part of the Transforming Nursing Practice series, written specifically to support nursing students on the new degree programme.

As medical advances become more sophisticated, average life expectancies continue to grow. This presents significant challenges to the healthcare system, and caring for older people is now the concern of every nurse. This book aims to help you understand how to care for older people in any care setting. It uniquely focuses on person-centred, humanised care in addition to physical care, helping you to examine attitudes towards older people in healthcare and combat negative stereotypes. The book takes a positive stance on ageing, celebrating the fact that in the Western world we live longer and healthier with a focus on the wellbeing of the individual.

Key features:

·         Easy-to-read introduction written specifically for nursing students, with a chapter on making the most of your placements with older people

·         Theory is linked to practice through case studies and scenarios, and shows the lived experiences of the older person

·         Linked to the latest NMC Standards and Essential Skills Clusters for degree-level education

·         Plenty of activities help you to build critical thinking and graduate skills.


Michele Board and Ann Hemingway
The Context of Nursing Older People
Karen Cooper
Placement Experiences with Older People
Vanessa Heaslip
Vulnerability and Old Age
Ann Hemingway and Rosalind Green
Nursing for Well-being in Later Life
Michele Board and Karen Cooper
Physical Aspects of Ageing
Lee-Ann Fenge
Psychosocial Aspects of Ageing
Sue Barker
Mental Health and Emotional Well-being in Later Life
Janet Scammell
Ageing in a Multicultural Society
Eleanor Jack
Social Isolation and Lonliness in Later Life
Sarah Hean and Sue Smith
Interprofessional Collaboration when Working with Older People

A good introduction to all areas relating to caring for the older adult - clearly written.

Dr Michael Bergin
Department of nursing and health sciences, Waterford Institute of Technology
December 29, 2015

The content is easy to follow and the chapters are clearly defined. The book explores opportunities and skills required to care for and support the older person. It gives a robust definition of what ageing means and health expectations of the elderly. It also discusses the promotion of well being and the humanisation theory which is defined and discussed. The chapter on vulnerability, safeguarding and discrimination is particularly clear and concise with many pertinent issues raised and discussed.
The book is based on a holistic approach rather than the medical model of caring for the older person and this gives the reader an appreciation of their own values and beliefs about nursing care.

Ms Julie Tilstone
Education, Douglas Macmillan Hospice
April 21, 2015

I am currently rewriting the information for this course and am utilising this book many times, particularly on issues around ageism. This book will be promoted as an essential text for the course.

Ms Susan Dray
Life Sciences and Education, University of South Wales
June 24, 2014

A good essential read for students on pre registration programmes of nursing

Miss Nyree Kendall
Dept of Health & Social Studies, Bolton University
March 12, 2014

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