When dying at home is not an option: Exploration of hostel staff views on palliative care for homeless people

Source: International Journal of Palliative Nursing 2015 v.21(5) p236-44

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Date of publication: May 2015

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell: The Department of Health in the UK suggests that hostel staff are the most appropriate key workers for their dying homeless residents and that hospital based palliative care maybe the best way forward. However, little is known about the views of hostel staff with regard to this. The article findings clearly lend support to the suggestion that hostel workers probably are indeed the most appropriate people to sup­port a dying homeless person. However, enhanced collaborative working, access to accu­rate and up-to-date medical information and clearer lines of communication between health professionals and hostel workers could result in better outcomes for this population in terms of having a voice that is heard, being offered choices regarding care options, and being treated with the same dignity and respect that the rest of the population has come to expect at the end of life

Length of publication: 9 pages

Some important notes: This article is available in full text to all NHS Staff using Athens, for more information about accessing full text follow this link to find your local NHS Library

 

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