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Nursing homes

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Last reviewed: May 2018

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Bowel Management

It has been estimated that constipation affects 74% of nursing home residents. There are many factors that predispose aged care residents to constipation incuding significant causes near the end-of-life.

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Palliative care in RAC

High care facilities (nursing homes) will be able to provide for the palliative care needs of their residents. Most "ageing in place low care facilities (hostels) will do as well. High care facilities have registered and enrolled nurses to provide skilled nursing care at all times.

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Preferred Place of Death

Most people, when asked, indicate that they would prefer to die at home. In the last 50 years in Australia and many parts of the western world however, the number of people who die at home has actually decreased. 16% of people die at home, 20% of people die in hospices, 10% in nursing homes and the rest die in hospitals.

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In residential care or hospital Managing incontinence Continence Foundation of Australia

Incontinence should never be accepted as normal for someone in residential care, such as a nursing home or hostel, or in hospital. Any incontinence problem should be assessed and managed.

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Paid Careworkers In The Home

When someone is being cared for at home there can be a lot of people involved. Sometimes paid care workers will also come in to provide support.

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Guiding principles for medication management in residential aged care facilities - A guide for residents and carers

The Guiding Principles for Medication Management in Residential Aged Care Facilities promote the safe, quality use of medicines and medication management in your aged care home. The Guiding Principles are published by the Australian Government and are based on evidence and advice from experts, providers and users of medicines in health and aged care services.

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Planning for a Home Death

GPs have an essential role to play in enabling home deaths a checklist is provided to help with planning care at home when a patient expresses a wish for a home death

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Clinical Decision Making

Clinical decision making requires good quality judgment including critical thinking

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Stillbirth stories: video | Raising Children Network

This video features two couples talking about stillbirth. If youve had a stillbirth you can still get support at home afterwards, including nurse visits.

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Transition of Patients with Dementia into an Aged Care Home | myVMC

The decision to place a loved one with dementia into an aged care home is one of the most difficult decisions you can make. Here is some information on easing the transition of a dementia patient into an aged care home.

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