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Hospice Care for Patients with Advanced Progressive Dementia

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Hospice Care for Patients with Advanced Progressive Dementia

SKU# 9780826111609


  • Ladislav Volicer MD, PhD
  • Ann Hurley RN, DSNc


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.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date January 01, 2004
  • Page Count 316
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826111609
  • EISBN 9780826117410

Table of Contents 

    Part I: Clinical Issues
  1. Alzheimer's Disease and Other Progressive Dementias, Autumn Klein and Neil Kowall
  2. Infections in Advanced Dementia, Ladislav Volicer, Gary H. Brandeis, and Ann C. Hurley
  3. Overcoming Eating Difficulties in the Severely Demented, Giovanni B. Frissoni, Simone Franzoni, Giuseppe Bellelli, Judith Morris, and Victoria Warden
  4. Behavioral Symptoms of Dementia, Ladislav Volicer, Ann C. Hurley, and Ellen Mahoney
  5. Quality of Life in Late-Stage Dementia, Sandy C. Burgener

  6. Part II: Ethical Issues
  7. The Moral Basis for Limiting Treatment: Hospice Care and Advanced Progressive Dementia, Stephen G. Post and Peter J. Whitehouse
  8. Palliative Care for Alzheimer Patients: Implications for Institutions, Caregivers, and Families, Mildred Z. Solomon and Bruce Jennings
  9. Nursing Staff As Moral Agents, Ann C. Hurley, Sally A. MacDonald, Sara T. Fry, and Veronika F. Rempusheski
  10. Advanced Proxy Planning, Margaret Ann Mahoney, Ann C. Hurley, and Ladislav Volicer
  11. Complexities of the Grieving Process in Spouses of Patients with Alzheimer's Disease, Yvette L. Rheaume and June Brown

  12. Part III: Implimentation
  13. Acceptance of Hospice Care for Dementia Patients by Health Care Professionals and Family Members, Daniel J. Luchins, Patricia Hanrahan, and Kim Litzenberg
  14. Barriers to Providing Hospice Care for People with Dementia, Joyce Simard and Ladislav Volicer
  15. Providing Palliative Care for the Terminal Alzheimer's Patient, Sally J. Smith
  16. The Experience of Jacob Perlow Hospice: Hospice Care of Patients with Alzheimer's Disease, Paul R. Brenner
  17. Effects of Hospice Interventions on Nursing Home Residents with Later Stages of Dementia, Christine R. Kovach

  18. Index