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Caring For People in Community & Health Services

Comprehensive textbook containing all major components of the revised NFQ Level 5 Community Health Services course (5M4468).

  • Demonstrates how carers can minimise the effects of ageing through interaction combined with best practice and care.

  • Illustrates how to care for and support people with a broad spectrum of needs, emphasising the importance of hands-on care in training.

  • Explains the historical context of disability, with emphasis on the hidden disability of mental illness and how its related experiences can lead to marginalisation and stigmatisation.

  • Provides an overview of dementia as experienced through the dimensions of health.

  • Places a significant focus on the importance of reflective practice and mentoring as methods of self-evaluation and skills development.

  • Communications section concentrates on therapeutic communications and the importance of understanding the legality of documentation in a care setting.

  • Issues related to work experience are discussed in the context of a care setting.

Written For:

NFQ Level 5 Community Health Services (5M4468)
NFQ Level 5 Healthcare Support (5M4339)
NFQ Level 5 Community Care (5M2786)


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Publication Date

March 2013




Paperback, 240 pages

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Gill Education


1. Care Provision and Practice by Moira Burns
Models of health
Dimensions of health
Theories underpinning practice
Legislation and policies governing practice
Processes for assessing individuals’ needs
Classification of disabilities

2. Understanding Ageing by Frankie O’Sullivan
Care of the older person
Ageing process and care settings
Caring for the older person with specific needs
Working with the older person

3. Disability Awareness by Rachel O’Sullivan
Historical background and context of disability and society
Exploring a range of physical, intellectual and sensory disabilities
Managing challenging behaviour

4. Equality and Disability by Frankie O’Sullivan
Introduction and legislation
Attitudes and barriers
Promoting equal opportunities
Promoting equa


245 x 175 mm


By Frankie O'Sullivan Contributions by Moira Burns and Rachel O'Sullivan

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Frankie O’Sullivan is a tutor on the BA Social Care course in NUI Galway and has experience teaching and working in the health and social care industry in both Ireland and the UK. She is the Managing Director of Frontline Training Services, which offers tailored courses to healthcare professionals in Ireland.

Moira Burns, SRN, Dip (Social Care), MA, has experience in nursing and social care practice in acute hospitals, community and industry. She teaches in NUI Galway and Trnava University, Slovakia, as well as on Child/Social Care vocational courses at FETAC Level 5 and HSE community education programmes.

Rachel O’Sullivan, RNID, BSc, is a dedicated ‘best practice’ and holistic nurse who began her career working in an Aged Care Unit for Intellectual Disabilities before moving to a community house, where her primary role was to deal with challenging behaviour and crisis intervention.

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