Hospice Care for Patients with Advanced Progressive Dementia

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Ladislav Volicer, MD, PhD, Ann Hurley, RN, DSNc
Springer Publishing Company, Jan 1, 2004 - Medical - 316 pages
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This volume demonstrates how hospice care leads to improved quality of life for patients with terminal dementia and their families. Much of the information is based on the successful 10-year experience of the E.N. Rogers Memorial Hospital, where the first palliative care program for the management of patients with advanced dementia was developed.

The book discusses Alzheimer's and other progressive dementias and reviews the clinical problems encountered, including infections, eating difficulties, and behavioral problems. It further addresses how to implement hospice care programs for these patients and the ethical aspects involved.

This volume will be of compelling importance to nurses, physicians, and social workers involved in hospice or home care of patients at the last stages of dementia.


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Vladislav Volicer, MD, PhD, is currently Courtesy Full Professor, School of Aging Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, University of South Florida. He is also External Professor, 3rd Medical Faculty, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

Ann C. Hurley, RN, DNSc. FAAN, CNA, is Associate Director of Education and Program Evaluation for the GRECC at the Edith Nourse Rogers Veterans Administration Hospital. She also serves as Adjunct Professor of Nursing at Northeastern University, as a research associate at the Boston University School of Public Health, and as Education Core Leader at the Boston University Alzheimer Disease Center. Dr. Hurley also is a Colonel in the United States Army Reserve.

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