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Palliative care 'preferred in care homes'

Palliative care 'preferred in care homes'
12th December 2008

A recent survey by a leading care community website has found that many believe care homes to be the best place for the elderly to receive palliative care and end their lives comfortably.

Caring Business carried out a poll this week which found that 39 per cent of people saw it to be an option which should be made more widely available to people.

Only four per cent of respondents believed hospitals provided the level of care necessary.

However, 57 per cent believed that care homes could still be improved on a whole, with many staff needing better training to provide the level of care desired by the elderly.

End-of-life treatment in the UK is promoted by the National Council for Palliative Care, which aims to provide better access to treatment for older members of the community through a forum allowing care service commissioners, providers and users to speak with each other about the industry.

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