This bundle includes the following guidelines:
- Family Preparedness and End of Life Support before the Death of a Nursing Home Resident
- Promoting Spirituality in the Older Adult
Family Preparedness and End of Life Support before the Death of a Nursing Home Resident [HERE]
Along with the ‘invention’ of chronic illness came the need for nursing homes, to care for people during a prolonged period of chronic illness and increasing disability.
The vast majority of people admitted to a nursing home reside there until death; each year, 25% of all deaths in the United States and 35% of all deaths in Canada occur in nursing homes about one-third of nursing home residents die each year in North America. End-of-life care of nursing home residents, now and in the future, must encompass specific strategies for residents dying of dementia, and the impact on their family caregivers. This evidence-based guideline provides end-of-life support for family members before the death of a nursing home resident. Written 2002; Revised 2009; 2015.
Promoting Spirituality in the Older Adult [HERE]
For the older adult, finding the meaning in critical life events or the meaning in life overall can be a challenging process wherein the nurse can have significant influence. Through the process of finding meaning, the older adult often grows spiritually. In addition, several research studies have shown that a sense of meaning in life was associated with improved psychological well-being, satisfaction with life, and overall quality of life.
The purpose of this evidence-based protocol is to provide guidelines for promoting spirituality and spiritual care for health care providers working with older adults in the community and institutional settings. Spiritual care refers to care practices intentionally chosen to promote spirituality, as conceptualized universally (rather than limiting it to only religiosity). This guideline is developed from a holistic perspective that views humans as being an integrated whole with physical, psychological, social, and spiritual dimensions. Written 2006; Revised 2014.
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