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Int J Palliat Nurs. 2011 Apr;17(4):183-7.

Supporting care home residents at the end of life.

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The King's Fund, 1-13 Cavendish Square, London, UK.


The English Department of Health's 2008 End of Life Care Strategy reported that 17% of deaths in England occur in care homes, with the majority of these in the 85 years and over age group. Given this, the ageing population, and the projected increase in the number of people dying, it is evident that the number of deaths in care homes is likely to increase. The research presented here seeks to consider the factors that support residents to remain in care homes towards the end of life. This study is based on four case studies of care homes in England and on interviews with external health and social care professionals who interact with these care homes. The findings indicate that three core features are fundamental to the delivery of high-quality end-of-life care in care homes: advance care planning, multidisciplinary communication and working, and provision of dignified and compassionate care. Previous research has uncovered some of these issues; this study suggests that it is the combination of these factors that makes them fundamental to meeting residents' care preferences and ensuring high-quality care.

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