Long-Term Caring: Residential, Home and Community Aged Care (2Nd Ed.)

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Long-Term caring: Residential, home and community aged care (2nd ed.) Karen Scott, Margaret Webb and Sheila Sorrentino (2010) ISBN: 978-072953959-3; Mosby Elsevier, Sydney, NSW, Australia

This edition of 'Long term caring - Residential, home and community care' is a comprehensive text targeting students preparing to work as care assistants in the aged care sector in Australia and New Zealand. The books trans-Tasman focus contextualises the content well, especially in the first five chapters making the text an interesting read for students. The content is contemporary and addresses the key issues facing the Aged Care & Long Term sectors on both sides of the Tasman. The chapter on legal and ethical aspects of working in this sector is done particularly well. While chapter 3 deals with the legal and ethical aspects of care and chapter 12 deals with working in a safe environment there does not appear to be anything about caring for the carers in terms of work life balance; how to deal with work related stress and bullying in the work place. In reality these factors link to Occupational Health, Safety & Welfare policy and therefore should be included.

Each chapter is detailed and the use of 'safety alerts', 'information boxes' and 'case studies' and other cuing mechanisms in each chapter breaking the written text up drawing the reader's attention to key issues relating to the chapter subject matter. The chapters are easy to read and the concepts presented in a 'user-friendly' 'easy to understand' way. The chapter on cultural sensitivity and Australian Indigenous care requirements and provision covers the key issues in a sensitive and informative way. …