End of Life Journal Archives

Content tagged with Palliative and end-of-life care

Role Modelling GSF Principles of end-of-life Care to Care Homes

Barbara Kenyon

Residents in care homes providing nursing care are becoming increasingly frail and dependent, with 80% having dementia or severe memory problems. Currently, 19% of the UK population die in care homes each year. Care homes (especially care homes providing nursing care) have an important role in the care of dying... Read full article

Pre-discharge Home Visits for Terminally Ill Hospital Patients

Tracy Alexander, Chia Swee Hong

The preferred place of care and death for the majority of terminally ill people is the home environment. However, the majority of people die in hospital. Discharging terminally ill people from hospital to home is considered to be a complex, challenging and risky process. Pre-discharge occupational therapy home visits are... Read full article

Xerostomia in Terminally Ill and Dying Patients: Best Practice

Lisa Sheehy, Jasper Shaw

Xerostomia (dry mouth) has a negative impact on health and quality of life. It can increase the risk of oral candidiasis, tooth cavities and infections and cause difficulties with swallowing and communicating. Maintenance of oral hygiene should be an integral aspect of nursing care. Oral hygiene is important within all... Read full article

The Barriers to Organ and Tissue Donation in Palliative Care

Mary Spencer

Discussions about organ/tissue donation are now expected to become part of end-of-life care discussions, when appropriate. It is commonly perceived that terminally ill people are not eligible to donate their organs/ tissues. However, that is not the case. Palliative care patients can donate various tissues, including corneal tissue, and in... Read full article

Assessment Of Depression When Patients Desire A Hastened Death

Helen Scott

Patients’ mental health status is an important element of palliative and end-of-life care. However, depression is often under-recognised in terminally ill cancer patients. That is because symptoms of depression can mimic those of advanced cancer and clinicians often think that patients’ low mood is an understandable reaction to terminal illness.... Read full article

A Rehabilitation Training Programme at the End of Life

Frances Cane, Rebecca Jennings, Jenny Taylor

Terminally ill patients face many challenges with regard to increasing physical dependence on others to meet their practical needs. Progressive weakness, profound fatigue and gradual deconditioning make daily tasks increasingly difficult to perform. Rehabilitation techniques do not lie solely within the role of physiotherapists and occupational therapists. They are an... Read full article

Incorporating Spirituality in End-of-Life Nursing Care

Sarah Spencer-Adams

The palliative approach to care involves individual, holistic, continuous assessment of physical, psychological, spiritual and social problems. The aim is to identify adverse symptoms and associated distress and then to identify measures to help alleviate those symptoms. Spiritual distress at the end of life has the potential to impinge on... Read full article

Altered Sense of Body Image in Palliative and End-of-Life Care

Amanda Stamper

In palliative and end-of-life care, holistic patient assessment involves considering patients’ physical, psychological, social and spiritual concerns. As part of psychological assessment, it is important to discuss with patients their perception of body image and whether it is affecting their interactions with others and their ability to live their life... Read full article

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