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Three Areas of Focus for Improving Care of the Older Adult

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Ellis et al.’s (2017) systematic review found that older adults that had a comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) upon hospital admission were more likely to be ‘alive and in their own homes at follow-up’ compared to people that received routine care.

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<p>1. Comprehensive Geriatric Assessments (CGA) Upon Hospital Admission As the Australian population continues to age, it is undeniable that there is a need for nursing care to focus on how best to improve the care of older adults. Ellis et al.’s (2017) systematic review found that older adults that had a comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) upon hospital admission were more likely to be ‘alive and in their own homes at follow-up’ compared to people that received routine care. Whilst there is a need for further investigation of the cost-efficiency of this approach (Ellis et al. 2017), it is evident that </p>

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Madeline Gilkes
Madeline Gilkes, CDE, RN, is a Fellow of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine. She focused her Master of Healthcare Leadership research project on health coaching for long-term weight loss in obese adults. Madeline has found a passion for preventative nursing. She has transitioned from leadership roles (CNS Gerontology & Education, Clinical Facilitator) in the acute/hospital setting to education management and primary healthcare. Madeline’s vision is to implement lifestyle medicine to prevent and treat chronic conditions. Her research proposal for her PhD involves Lifestyle Medicine for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Madeline is a Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE) and primarily works in the academic role of Head of Nursing. Madeline’s philosophy focuses on using humanistic management, adult learning theories/evidence and self-efficacy theories and interventions to promote positive learning environments. In addition to her Master of Healthcare Leadership, Madeline has a Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education & Management, Graduate Certificate in Adult & Vocational Education, Graduate Certificate of Aged Care Nursing, and a Bachelor of Nursing. She is working towards her PhD.
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Good overview of chronic illness.
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Anne Domingo
22 Mar 2020
This is a great resource especially for those working in aged care or geriatric fields.
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22 May 2021
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Jenna Watson
10 Aug 2021
Increased my knowledge and refresher
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Anna Elliott
17 Jan 2021
Great resource getting back in to the aged care community
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Hira Sapkota
10 Aug 2021
The article is informative. Helped to brush my knowledge.
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Virginia Clark
08 Jun 2020
Interesting and made complete sense for the encouragement for Elderly to be more Social with assistance for those suffering frailty and or Depression due to age.
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Mahmud Arif
20 Sep 2021
This is a well-written, brief, yet very effective way of quick learning and enriching one's knowledge as well as applicable to improve patients' care
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