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New guide for care homes published

31st May 2006

Care home staff are set to receive a new publication to improve the treatment and support of residents approaching death.

The NHS End of Life Care Programme and the National Council for Palliative Care have produced a guide for managers and other care home staff in a bid to improve the lives of those nearing the end of life.

The publication contains best practice guides, case studies and discusses areas such as the psychological, physical and spiritual requirements of residents and their relatives.

Des Kelly, the National Care Forum's executive director, remarked: "Good palliative and end of life care in care homes is an essential aspect of promoting good quality of life for people in care settings.

"The guide offers an excellent overview of the issues to be considered, the good practice tools and will be a valuable resource for additional information."

Professor Ian Philp, the national director for older people's services at the Department of Health, added that with one in five of all deaths taking place in a care home, it is important that the patient, his or her family and care home staff receive sufficient support.