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Palliative care in nursing homes

Ian Maddocks and Deborah Parker

in Palliative Care for Non-cancer Patients

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780192629609
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730054 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192629609.003.0013
Palliative care in nursing homes

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The population of older people is increasing in nearly every part of the world, and traditional ways of providing support within their families are beginning to fail. In developed countries, family support is increasingly being replaced by institutional care, and the number of nursing home beds has burgeoned to an extent where governments seek to constrain them. This chapter reviews the current role of nursing homes, with particular reference to Australia. It considers the differences between the clients of and the care provided in nursing homes and palliative care services. It discusses the palliative care needs of nursing home residents and considers new and emerging models of care.

Keywords: patient care; elderly care; Australia; hospice care; institutional care

Chapter.  5724 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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