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End of Life in Care HomesA Palliative Care Approach$
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Jeanne Samson Katz and Sheila M. Peace

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198510710

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198510710.001.0001

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Issues for Palliative care in nursing and residential homes

Issues for Palliative care in nursing and residential homes

(p.175) Chapter 11 Issues for Palliative care in nursing and residential homes
End of Life in Care Homes

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This chapter aims to identify and discuss the main issues concerned with providing palliative care to older people living in nursing and residential care homes in Great Britain. It reviews the social and policy context that has made the care of people dying in care homes an important issue and compares the situation in nursing and residential care homes. The findings reveal that the nature of care practices within care homes is largely determined by the particular location of these institutions within the health and social care systems and care homes are positioned on the boundaries of a number of domains. This chapter suggests that palliative care within care homes must be generic in nature and that it can only be delivered effectively by ‘generalists’ who are supported in their care by specialists.

Keywords:   palliative care, nursing homes, residential care homes, Great Britain, care practices, social care, health care

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