Hospice and palliative care volunteering in Finland: How we can further develop a precious asset

NEW SERIES: CELEBRATING THE IMPORTANT ROLE OF VOLUNTEERS IN PALLIATIVE CARE…  Since 1988, volunteers have played a crucial role in hospice and palliative care in Finland. But now, a more systematic approach to develop volunteer training and structures of volunteering in hospice and palliative care is about to start. Our guest writers, Leena Pelttari, Ritva Pihlaja and MirjaContinue reading “Hospice and palliative care volunteering in Finland: How we can further develop a precious asset”

Reaching out to the world: Improving palliative care in care homes

Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) | EAPC Blog Research only makes an impact to benefit people if it is implemented, warns Professor Sheila Payne, Emeritus Professor, International Observatory on End of Life Care, Lancaster University, UK. Here, she explains how the findings of the European-funded PACE project have been adapted to a programme to improveContinue reading “Reaching out to the world: Improving palliative care in care homes”

Enhanced Health in Care Homes: A guide for care homes

Care Provider Alliance – Contents Introduction Foreword Background Aligning care homes to Primary Care Networks (PCNs) About Primary Care Networks (PCNs) The Enhanced Health in Care Homes (EHCH) service The PCN clinical lead role The Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) MDTs and dementia care The weekly home round What to expect How to prepare for the MDTContinue reading “Enhanced Health in Care Homes: A guide for care homes”

Guidance for Nursing Homes Leaves Key Themes Unaddressed

Abstract COVID-19 mortality disproportionally affects nursing homes, creating enormous pressures to deliver high-quality end-of-life care. Comprehensive palliative care should be an explicit part of both national and global COVID-19 response plans. Therefore, we aimed to identify, review, and compare national and international COVID-19 guidance for nursing homes concerning palliative care, issued by government bodies andContinue reading “Guidance for Nursing Homes Leaves Key Themes Unaddressed”

Access to palliative care support for care home residents – why it matters…..always

It’s 2am and a doctor attends to review Elsie. Elsie’s been unwell for over a week and, despite treatment with antibiotics, she’s not improving. Tonight, Elsie became more distressed and is struggling with secretions in her chest. If Elsie was in hospital a doctor would be able to prescribe medications for nursing staff to administerContinue reading “Access to palliative care support for care home residents – why it matters…..always”

Care Homes are not the problem: they are the solution | UCLPartners

I’m going to tell you a secret. Care homes are brilliant. Their staff are some of the most hard-working, inspirational people I’ve ever met. But most people don’t know this. I didn’t always know this: here’s the story of how I found out. “I don’t speak ‘Care Home’” I reflected to a colleague, after visitingContinue reading “Care Homes are not the problem: they are the solution | UCLPartners”

Are care homes the hospices of the future?

16 April 2019               End of life care Primary and Community Care Dr Sarah Russell is a Carer and Nurse and tweets @learnhospice, George Coxon is a Care Home Owner and tweets @CoxonGeorge and Dr Ros Taylor MBE is Palliative Care Physician and Care Home trustee and tweets @hospicedoctorContinue reading “Are care homes the hospices of the future?”

Death doulas can fill care gaps at the end of life

Deb Rawlings, Jennifer Tieman, Kate Swetenham, Lauren Miller-Lewis, Flinders University, November 14, 2018 With continual advances in modern medicine, we’re enjoying longer lives. As the population ages, and particularly as many people are living longer with cancers and chronic diseases, end-of-life care is adapting and changing. People who are approaching the end of their livesContinue reading “Death doulas can fill care gaps at the end of life”