The use of medication to optimize symptom control in the last month of life

The Care Home Project Team aim to work alongside staff in care homes to help them develop and manage their residents’ end of life care

They recognise that the specialist palliative care model to manage complex symptoms at the end of life may not be directly transferrable to the care of frail older people residing in care homes.

However, it was unknown what model of care may be better suited. An audit was undertaken in seven nursing homes to establish a baseline of what was currently occurring in care homes in relation to symptom control at the end of life.

Following the audit a standard was written with the managers of the seven nursing homes who participated:

The use of medication to optimize symptom control in the last month of life

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