British Journal of Nursing vol. 21(1) p 8 – 15
Date of Publication: January 2012
Publication Type: Article
In a nutshell: This paper explores the suggestion that there is an imbalance between the ideal and the actual palliative care provision for some older people living and dying in care homes in Scotland. Successive studies demonstrate that care home residents are increasingly frail and disabled. Many experience challenging physical and psychosocial symptoms which could benefit from a palliative approach to alleviate suffering and promote comfort. However, palliative needs for people with non-malignant conditions, such as dementia, can be complex, and not easily identified or managed.
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