Supporting care home residents at the end of life

Rachael Addicott
Reference:  Vol.17, Iss.4, 19 Apr 2011, pp 183-187

The English Department of Health's 2008 End of Life Care Strategy reported that 17 per cent 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. The 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.

Read the full article on end-of-life care (requires a subscription to International Journal of Palliative Nursing)

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