A Practical Guide to End of Life Care
- Author: Clair Sadler
- ISBN: 9780335263561
- Publisher: Open University Press
- Published: 01/10/2015
Are you involved in caring for people at the end of their life? Do you have a role in supporting the families of those who are dying, or is this an area of your work you find personally difficult?
This book is an accessible guide for all those working in health or social care and caring for people at the end of their lives. This will include people in roles such as healthcare assistant, hospice worker, volunteer, nurse or other carers.
Written by experts with extensive experience in delivering high quality end of life care, this book is full of real life examples, reflection exercises and case studies. It also includes insights into what can help make a good death, and how to help support families at the end of life.The easy to read chapters emphasise treating people who are dying with dignity using a person centred approach.
The book supports the delivery of quality care by recognising physical and non-physical symptoms, and thinking about various emotional and physical needs people might have. It is also important that care givers look after themselves and advice is given on how best to do this
An essential purchase for anyone looking for guidance or support in this area, and suitable for those working in the community, care homes, hospices, hospitals or other settings where people are cared for.
With a Foreword from Dr. Ros Taylor, MBE, National Director for Hospice Care, Hospice UK.
“The book strikes a balance between the factual and the personal, and gives the reader detailed information and time to think through reflection exercises. It highlights essential elements of end of life care, including communication, symptom management and personal care during bereavement. It emphasises the importance of adopting a person-centred approach of people who are dying. The book supports the delivery of quality care by recognizing the physical and non-physical symptoms, and thinking about people’s emotional and physical needs. It also makes clear that caregivers should look after themselves and how they should do so.”
Deborah Preshaw, doctoral nursing student, Queens University Belfast, UK