We’re committed to providing support and education to our local care homes and, in 2018, launched a new scheme inviting care homes to become Affiliated Care Home Partners. The scheme enables staff from Affiliated Care Homes to access formal study days and practice-based workshops.
For example, ‘Introduction to Palliative Care’ study days are primarily aimed at new care home staff members but can also be used to update the knowledge of any staff member. Topics include: the role of care homes in providing palliative and end of life care; how to recognise that a resident is coming to the end of life and the importance of planning for the resident’s future care.
We have also started to run monthly half-day practical workshops on various topics related to the delivery of palliative and end of life care as well as dementia care. Examples of topics include: difficult conversations with residents and their families/loved ones; advance care planning; mental capacity assessments; best-interest meetings; delirium and depression in people with dementia; risk taking in people with dementia; sexual expression in people with dementia; palliative care emergencies; total pain in people with dementia and care of residents with Parkinson’s disease who are approaching the end of life.
Affiliated Care Home Partners are also offered discounts on other St Christopher’s Hospice education and training related to the care of people in the last phase of life. These include, among many others: nurse verification of expected death; advance care planning; award in awareness of end of life care – City & Guilds level 2 and 3; award in awareness of dementia – City & Guilds Level 3 and the namaste care programme.