Guide focuses on advance care planning at end of life
National charity Counsel and Care has launched a new good practice guide dealing with end of life care in care homes for older people.
Ascertaining Wishes: A Good Practice Guide: advance care planning for care homes for older people follows a research project undertaken by Lancaster University with Counsel and Care, funded by the Nuffield Foundation and care home provider Friends of the Elderly. The project aimed to describe current advance care planning practice in care homes for older people; to what extent this is currently undertaken, and to highlight good practice already in use, in order to develop the guide. Cathy Butterworth, independent nurse consultant and lead author of the good practice guide, said the guide would encourage and enable staff in care homes to give residents the opportunity to think about, discuss and then record their wishes for their care.
“Residents and their relatives can then be confident that staff know what they want, should there ever be a time when th