Title Self-Neglect in Older Adults
Subtitle A Global, Evidence-Based Resource for Nurses and Other Health Care Providers
Author Mary Rose Day, Geraldine McCarthy, Joyce J. Fitzpatrick
ISBN 9780826140821
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 400
Book size 178 x 242 mm
Publishing year 2018
Original publisher Springer Publishing Company
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This authoritative resource provides nurses and other health care professionals with a comprehensive overview and analysis of self-neglect in older adults. With an aging global population, self-neglect is emerging as a complex problem that crosses multiple disciplines of health and social care. Characterized by a harmful inattention to health and hygiene, self-neglect manifests in a variety of ways that health care professionals around the world need to be able to recognize and manage.

The only text with the latest analysis of theoretical perspectives, research, and evidence from global leaders in the field, this book tackles the interdisciplinary problem of self-neglect to deliver current professional practice tools and clinical practice interventions. Replete with case studies that examine the ethical, legal, and medical issues of self-neglect, the content is immediately applicable to researchers and clinicians. An extensive list of contributors from the United States, Ireland, England, Scotland, Australia, Israel, and Canada includes respected researchers, practitioners, and academics from multiple health and social care disciplines who have played a critical role in advancing research, public awareness, and policy on self-neglect.

Key Features:

  • Delivers multifaceted, cutting-edge information on self-neglect in older adults for nurses and related health care professionals
  • Addresses theory, research, evidence, assessment and measurement, and clinical practice interventions
  • Includes practical applications, case studies, and illustrations in each chapter
  • Authored by an international panel of authoritative leaders in gerontology
  • Provides debate and discussion on self-neglect that will promote further inquiry and research


Foreword by Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN
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Section I: Practical And Theoretical Perspectives

Chapter 1. My Mother’s Life and Self-Neglect (Joan O’Leary*)

Chapter 2. Self-Neglect: Toward Conceptual Clarity (Mary Rose Day)


Section II: Issues Concerning The Self-Neglecting Individual

Chapter 3. Mental Health Issues and Self-Neglect (Barbara Cohen)

Chapter 4. Delirium and Self-Neglect (Graham J. McDougall and Marietta P. Stanton)

Chapter 5. Hoarding: Features, Assessment, and Intervention Strategies (May Luu and Sheila R. Woody)

Chapter 6. Animal Hoarding (Bronwen Williams)

Chapter 7. Farm Animals and Farmers: Neglect Issues (Catherine Devitt and Alison Hanlon)

Chapter 8. Environmental Neglect (John Snowdon and Graeme Halliday)

Chapter 9. Self-Neglect and Decision Making (Jessica L. Lee)


Section III: The Service Responds

Chapter 10. Self-Neglect: An Issue in Acute Care (Kieran A. O’Connor)

Chapter 11. Medical Perspectives of Self-Neglect: An Issue for Health and Social Care (Josephine P. Gomes and James G. O’Brien)

Chapter 12. Home Care Nurses and Self-Neglect (Yvonne O. Johnson)

Chapter 13. Health and Social Care Professionals’ Perspectives of Self-Neglect (Helen Mulcahy,
Patricia Leahy-Warren, and Mary Rose Day)

Chapter 14. Adult Safeguarding and Self-Neglect: Emergent Lessons From England (Suzy Braye, David Orr, and Michael Preston-Shoot)

Chapter 15. Practice Wisdom: Professional Responses to Self-Neglect in Israel (Toya Band-Winterstein,
Israel Doron, and Sigal Naim)

Chapter 16. How the City of Chicago Addresses the Issue of Self-Neglect Among Seniors (Paul Dowling and Katharine Slover)


Section IV: Research Evidence

Chapter 17. Self-Neglect: A Statewide Assessment in Vermont (Kelly Melekis)

Chapter 18. Medication Use and Polypharmacy in Older Adults With Substantiated Self-Neglect: A Case Study (Jason Burnett, Leslie E. Clark, Sharon Abada, Kimberlee Parker, Renee J. Flores, and Kathleen Pace-Murphy)

Chapter 19. Self-Neglect in Ireland: A Pilot Study (David McCann)


Section V: Assessment And Measurement of Self-Neglect
Chapter 20. Short-Form Elder Self-Neglect Assessment (Madelyn A. Iris)
Chapter 21. Making and Executing Decisions for Safe and Independent Living (MEDSAIL): A Screening Tool for Community-Dwelling Older Adults (Whitney L. Mills and Aanand D. Naik)
Chapter 22. Self-Neglect: Development and Evaluation of a Self-Neglect (SN-37) Measurement Instrument (Mary Rose Day and Geraldine McCarthy)

Section VI: Ethical And Educational Issues

Chapter 23. Self-Neglect Among Older Adults: Professional Education and Preparation for Practice
(Eleanor Bantry White and Julie Bach)

Chapter 24. A Self-Neglecting Case Dilemma: Applying an Ethical Decision-Making Tool (Mary Rose Day and Joan McCarthy)

Chapter 25. Summary and Conclusion (Geraldine McCarthy, Joyce J. Fitzpatrick, and Mary Rose Day)



About the Editors:

Mary Rose Day, DN, MA, PHN, RPHN, RM, RGN, is a nurse consultant in public health nursing and older adult care. Prior to this, she was a lecturer at the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork (UCC), Cork, Ireland. She has also held a range of nursing and management posts in acute care, long-term care, and community settings. She has DN, MA, and BSc degrees in nursing from UCC; a certificate in teaching from Harvard University; and a diploma in management from the Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, Ireland. She has authored several journal articles, book chapters, and reports, and she continually contributes to nursing/social care and medical publications. Dr. Day has contributed to conferences and symposia on older people and community nursing nationally and internationally. She is a member of the Institute of Community Health Nursing and coordinated the Ageing Research Cluster of the Institute for Social Sciences in the 21st Century from April 2014 to January 2015 and is a committee member of the All Ireland Gerontological Nurses Association.

Geraldine McCarthy, PhD, MSN, MEd, RNT, RGN, Fellow RCSI, is emeritus professor at the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery, University County Cork (UCC), Cork, Ireland, and chair of the South/South West Hospital Group, which comprises nine hospitals in the South of Ireland. Prior to this, she held positions as founding professor and dean of the Nursing and Midwifery School at UCC, and head of the College of Medicine and Health, providing strategic leadership in research and education programs in medicine, dentistry, therapies, pharmacy, and nursing and midwifery. Dr. McCarthy holds an MEd degree from Trinity College, Dublin, and MSN and PhD degrees in nursing from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. She has held a number of health care posts in Ireland, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada, and has been a member of a number of national and international bodies, including the Fulbright Commission. She has been an editor/author of a number of books and continually contributes to nursing publications.

Joyce J. Fitzpatrick, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN, FNAP, is Elizabeth Brooks Ford Professor of Nursing, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in Cleveland, Ohio, where she was dean from 1982 through 1997. She is also an adjunct professor, Department of Geriatrics, Ichan School of Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, New York. With more than 300 publications, Dr. Fitzpatrick’s work is widely published in nursing and health care literature, including more than 80 authored/edited books. She served as a coeditor of the Annual Review of Nursing Research series, volumes 1 to 26, and she currently edits the journals Applied Nursing Research, Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, and Nursing Education Perspectives, the official journal of the National League for Nursing.

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