Palliative care in different settings

At present most people die in a hospital but when asked most people express a preference to die at home, or in hospices.  The Government has made increasing the number of people dying at home a key objective of their end of life care strategy and is keen to increase the number and quality of community end of life care services. 

Implications

  • The ‘personal choice’ agenda is increasing expectations amongst the public that end of life care will be available in the setting of their preference.
  • An increase in single person households and other changes to the demographics of the communities which hospices serve will present challenges about how to care for a dying person in a non-institutional setting.

Moving forward

What will it mean for your organisation to deliver more services in different settings, or to deliver services outside of hospices for the first time?

  • Will you need to deliver different types of services to meet changing needs?
  • What will this mean for the skills that your staff will need?
  • How will this impact on the hours that staff work and their transport needs?

 

Last updated at 09:33 Fri 25/Sep/09.

Discuss

How will this affect your organisation? Have you considered it during your strategic planning? Can you share any interesting relevant links?

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