A Hospice UK briefing
In this briefing Hospice UK describe the ways Scotland’s hospices
support end of life care for people living in care homes and look at
what could enable more joint working to improve outcomes for people at
end of life living in care homes. Too many people in Scotland miss out on
the care they need at the end of life, and if that is to change we must
take the care to wherever people are in need. There is a growing demand
for expert end of life care in Scotland’s care homes. Hospices have an
important role to play in working with care homes to ensure more people
have access to the care they need.
Hospices in Scotland directly
support around 20,000 people every year. Nearly 37,000 Scots live in
care homes5 and over half of those people are likely to be in their last
year of life. To improve end of life experiences and reduce unnecessary
admissions to hospital, we will need a range of innovative ways to
transfer knowledge, enabling wider access to hospice-supported care for
people living in care homes.
Hospice UK surveyed charitable
hospices across Scotland to identify how they work with care homes
currently, and to explore potential future work. In 2014/15, 85 per cent
of hospices provided some sort of support to care homes.
identifies two broad, non-exclusive, models of support: individual
patient referral and ‘whole-home’ approaches. Both models involve
transferring knowledge to care home staff to enable them to deliver expert end of life care with support from the hospice team.