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The number of people living to very old age is increasing. This unit applies a person-centred recovery-oriented focus for working with people who are moving into very old age. It investigates the challenges in recognising and supporting the potential for very old people to contribute to society, as well as the concept of recovery in the presence of cognitive decline or severely impaired health. It evaluates key aspects of person-centred care, its practicalities in everyday practice and its effectiveness in improving clinical outcome. Students will be adapting assessment, care planning, management and interventions to meet the needs of very old people, as well as deepening their knowledge of very old age, grief, ethico-legal issues, the psychotic spectrum, dementia and behavioural and psychological changes that may occur in the presence of dementia. This unit also prepares students for the responsibility of completing a report related to Guardianship proceedings.
Upon completion of the unit, students will be able to: