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Palliative Care for Non-cancer Patients$
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Julia Addington-Hall and Irene Higginson

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780192629609

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192629609.001.0001

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Palliative care in nursing homes

Palliative care in nursing homes

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(p.147) Chapter 12 Palliative care in nursing homes
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Palliative Care for Non-cancer Patients
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Ian Maddocks

Deborah Parker

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192629609.003.0013

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

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