Delivering a caring, bespoke and person-centred approach to end-of-life care
By guest blogger Nav Dhar,
Franchise manager, Home Care Preferred
I must thank the Care Quality Commission (CQC) for its research into end-of-life care, a subject which too often goes under the radar.
That four-in-10 clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) do not have an end-of-life care strategy is extremely alarming and in stark contrast to last year’s end-of-life care index revealing the UK to be the ‘best’ place in the world to die.
Fundamentally, end-of-life care should be about patient choice and ensuring rigorous, tailored plans are put in place. Often people find it comforting to remain in their own homes in familiar surroundings, particularly those with dementia. Agreeing an approach to considerations such as pain relief is difficult and conversations need to be had with patients and their families at an early stage.
Delivering palliative care is usually complicated, involving several organisations, and it should be contingent on CCGs to assign responsibility to a designated employee to specialise in this area. Organisations such as CQC, Skills for Care and National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) provide useful pathways regarding end-of-life care – reading this wealth of material and prioritising training is vital.
Death is a highly sensitive issue which many find uncomfortable but this should not impede us from delivering a caring, bespoke and person-centred approach.
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