End of Life in Care HomesA Palliative Care Approach

End of Life in Care HomesA Palliative Care Approach

Jeanne Samson Katz and Sheila M. Peace

Print publication date: 2011

ISBN: 9780198510710

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Abstract

In our society, the overwhelming majority of people die in later life. They typically die slowly of chronic diseases, with multiple co-existing problems over long periods of time. They spend the majority of their final years at home, but many will die in hospitals or care homes. This book explores the possibilities for improving the care of older people dying in residential care and nursing homes. It argues that there are aspects of palliative care that, given the right circumstances, are transferable to dying people in settings that are not domestic or hospice based. The book describes what happens in nursing and residential care homes when a resident is dying, how carers cope, and the practical, health, and emotional challenges that carers face on top of their day-to-day work. Based on research from both the UK and US, the book shows how the situation can be improved.