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Caring for Older People

Caring for Older People
A Shared Approach

December 2012 | 168 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Caring for Older People is a timely and welcome addition to the nursing and healthcare 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. Christine Brown Wilson 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.

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
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

'This insightful, accessible book is timely in that there is a drive for educators to equip students with the evidenced- based approaches that will assist them to effectively contribute to care when working with older people. I recommend this text without reservations' -
Liz Williams, University of Glamorgan

'This is an important textbook which brings together the complex and diverse challenges for health professionals in caring for older people. It is a practical and useful guide for people working with older adults in any setting' -
Ella McLafferty, University of Dundee

'This slim volume brings together research findings and practical suggestions for delivering care. Divided into two parts, the first section focuses on recent research that helps to illuminate key aspects of nursing care, while the second discusses the directions in which practice should be developed. This book uses frequent case studies and practice scenarios to illustrate how theoretical approaches can be incorporated into everyday practice. Examples range from the acute medical or surgical unit to the care home and the community, so nurses in all settings are likely to find ideas and resources of particular value and interest to them'


John Adams
Primary Health Care

'At Last, here is a practical guide to approaching care of older people in hospitals as well as other settings. For this reason, it should be considered an essential ward teaching and mentoring tool. Illustrated with varied and realistic scenarios, this book encourages self-reflection and includes learning outcomes and activities to facilitate learning. This book should certainly be considered for inclusion in libraries and care settings and is recommended as supplementary reference for care workers undertaking diploma-level training'

Sue Paxton
Independent trainer and consultant in health and social care
Nursing Older People

Students will be recommended to purchase this text as there is a high level of information relevant to a specific unit within our course. The text itself is very factual with lots of data evidence to support points. The book is structured well and it is easy to find any required information. There is a good use of case studies to support points from varying different health and social care settings to allow students to visualize theory to practice. There are extra activities provided throughout to allow students to think deeper about topic. The use of diagrams supports learning.

Miss Stacey Marie Holt
Social Work , Blackburn College
October 12, 2016

I have recommended this book to year 1 nursing students as a guide for those with no previous care background. This book covers the fundamentals and essentials of caring for the aging population.

Ms Deborah June Rowberry
College Of Human And Health Sciences, Swansea University
October 23, 2015

Recommended to our students studying Caring for Older People as part of their Level 3 Health & Social Care course - very easy to read - useful text.

Miss Tracy Robson
Community Studies, Truro College
November 13, 2014

Excellent text, will recommend for students undertaking one of the second year assignments

Mrs Beryl Cooledge
School of Healthcare Sciences, Bangor University
March 26, 2014

Suitable for L3 Yr 2 students - well laid out but would have benefitted from more images/pictures. Case studies interesting and relevant - I particularly like the case study on Dorothy Brown which Level 3 students will relate to.

Miss Nikki Paine
Health and Social Care, K College
January 17, 2014

Easy to read and useful for students who will be working one on one with older people.

Ms Fiona Walshe
Humanities, Athlone Institute of Technology
October 24, 2013

Very useful text

Mr John Gately
Nursing Department, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
October 1, 2013

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