The compassion intervention manual: a model of enhanced integrated care for people with advanced dementia

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON. Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Department
University College London. Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Department
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This manual outlines the key steps required to implement the Compassion Intervention, which aims to improve end of life care for people with dementia in care homes. The Compassion Intervention is based on qualitative and quantitative research with people with dementia, their families, carers and healthcare professionals undertaken by the MCPCRD for Marie Curie. It has also been tested in two nursing homes. It uses an integrated, interdisciplinary whole systems approach to the coordinated delivery of person centred care across primary, secondary and tertiary settings and across specialist and generalist care. An interdisciplinary care leader act as a central resource for health and social care professionals, care home staff and family or informal carers involved in the care of people with dementia. It also employs a model for education, training and support to influence the behaviour of those caring for people with dementia. The programme is flexible and can be adapted to different care home contexts, and may provide a useful framework for commissioners, care homes, social and healthcare services to develop end of life care strategies in their local area. While the programme has been developed for a care home setting, many of the principles could be applied to home based services. (Edited publisher abstract)

Subject terms:
end of life care, integrated care, dementia, intervention, models, person-centred care, care homes, training, families, care workers;
Content type:
practice guidance
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