The route to success in end of life care: achieving quality in care homes

NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE. National End of Life Care Programme
National Health Service. National End of Life Care Programme
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The Department of Health’s End of Life Care Strategy, published in 2008, emphasised the need to raise the quality of care provided to dying people and their loved ones in a variety of settings, including care homes. Although many care homes are enthusiastic about enhancing the quality of care they provide at the end of life, many of their residents die in hospital after an emergency admission just hours or a few days before their death. The strategy identifies the need for care home staff to receive the training and support necessary to ensure the provision of good end of life care. This guide follows the six steps of the pathway laid out in the national End of Life Care Strategy. The pathway leads from initial discussion about death and future care, on to assessment and the provision of high quality co-ordinated care and support through to the final days and end of life. It includes questions staff and managers should ask about end of life care provided in their care home and the employees’ role in that care. This guide is linked to the End of Life Care Strategy Quality Markers.

Subject terms:
older people, palliative care, standards, terminal illness, training, care homes, care workers, dying, end of life care;
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