St Christopher’s Hospice Clinical Guidelines: Anticipatory end-of-life care medication for the symptoms of terminal restlessness, pain and excessive secretions in frail older people in care homes

Julie Kinley, Louisa Stone, Jo Hockley

  • Abstract

    The term ‘frail older people’ has been defined as people over 75 years of age with geriatric syndrome, i.e. the presence of numerous chronic diseases and signs and symptoms such as incontinence, falls, cognitive impairment and reduced mobility (Saavreda Muñoz and Barreto Martín, 2008). However,
    some older people are ‘frail’ before the age of 75 years. Therefore, frailty in older people should generally be associated with older people who have advanced, progressive, incurable illness and/or considerable health and social needs (Department of Health, 2001).

  • Contributors

    Julie Kinley, Louisa Stone, Jo Hockley

    Affiliations

    Correct at article publish date

    Care Home Project Team, St Christopher’s Hospice, London. Email: j.kinley@stchristophers.org.uk

    Original publishing information

    • Publisher: St Christopher's Hospice
    • Publish date: 01/01/2013
    • Volume: 3
    • Issue: 3

    Permissions: © 2015, Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to http://group.bmj.com/group/rights-licensing/permissions2015

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