In this far-ranging textbook on palliative and end of life care, John Costello and a team of palliative care specialists take a patient-centred approach. Discussing palliative and end of life care across a range of diseases and illnesses, each chapter includes real-life case studies that focus on both the patient experience and the experiences of the family members of service users. Original in its approach to palliative and end of life care, Adult Palliative Care focuses on a range of non-cancer conditions. Thoughtfully balancing theory with practice, and interprofessional in its scope, Adult Palliative Care would benefit any health professional dealing with or working in the field of palliative and end of life care.
Chapter 12: End of life care in the community
End of life care in the community
- Gain an understanding of the features of palliative care in the community, including recognition that a patient is reaching the end of their life
- Develop insight into the experience of carers and the support services available
- Consider the impact of effective documentation/communication
- Gain an understanding of the context of hospice and residential home care
This book has focused on the provision of palliative care to patients with malignant or non-malignant medical conditions. The overarching features of this care have been discussed to give insights into areas such as pathophysiology, disease management and symptom control in relation to the patient’s diagnosis. Contemporary healthcare practice also places a great deal of ...