Caring for Older People is a timely and welcome addition to the nursing and health-care literature. The book introduces and describes collaborative ways of working with older people, ensuring that students and practitioners are better equipped to provide consistently high-quality care that can make a positive difference to the lives of older people and their families.
Providing an accessible, evidence-based framework and a wealth of practical strategies which can be implemented on a daily basis, Christine Brown Wilson takes the reader step by step through different approaches to nursing care and shows clearly how that care can move from being a task-focused to a person-focused experience.
Case-based scenarios threaded throughout the book also illustrate how the quality of care can be enhanced, and how students and practitioners can work effectively with older people while balancing the competing demands of the health and social care system. The author also shows how nurses can influence current practice, equipping the reader with key skills that can be used to challenge poor ways of working and to identify methods through which inadequate provision can be turned around.
This book will be indispensable reading for all nursing and healthcare students and practitioners who want to improve the quality of life for older people.
Christine Brown Wilson is Lecturer at the University of Manchester.
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION Defining the Continuum of Care for Older People Focusing on the Task Focusing on the Person Focusing on Relationships Consequences of Care: Integrating the Perspective of Older People and Families into the Quality Debate PART TWO: INTRODUCTION Using Biography to Plan Care That Matters to Older People: Practical Strategies Understanding Interactions between the Person and the Environment Understanding How Older People Maintain Connections with Those around Them Managing Transitions Using a Biological Approach Valuing the Contribution of Older People, Families and Staff: Implications for Practice References