End of Life Care of Elderly – The Neglected Counterpart in Indian Context

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Year : 2021 | Volume : | Issue : 2 | Page : 22-24
By

    Namitha Subrahmanyam

  1. Isha M. Aboobacker

  1. Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church (M.O.S.C.) College of Nursing, Kolenchery, Kochi, Kerala, India
  2. Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Surgical Nursing, Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church (M.O.S.C.) College of Nursing, Kolenchery, Kochi, Kerala, India

Abstract

The modern health care strives to promote optimum health and wellbeing with special emphasis to geriatric population but the End-of-Life Care for elderly remains obscure with limited research evidence pertaining to ageing population. The term often revolves around cancer patients in the palliative dimension. End of life care for elderly in the Indian context with its unique social, cultural, economic, and legal complexities have not been adequately explored. The spiritual socio-cultural, economic, and care perspectives are important to address when the health care spectrum is becoming more concerned about the growing population of elderly. An overview of the possible challenges and specific strategies to deal with this issue can empower nurses and other health care professional to perceive the depth of situation. How to overcome these challenges and barrier of End-of-Life care is that the health care professionals must prepare the patient and family well in advance by instituting measures like, truthful communication, financial and legal advices, safeguarding the values and preferences and acknowledging autonomy in decision making. Death and dying of elderly, conceived in perspectives of Indian cultures is explained in this review

Keywords: End of Life care, Elderly, Legitimacy, Meditation, Non-maleficence

[This article belongs to International Journal of Geriatric Nursing(ijgn)]

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Regular Issue Open Access Article
Volume 4
Issue 2
Received September 20, 2021
Accepted October 3, 2021
Published October 30, 2021