The needs of relatives and other residents when a death occurs

Komaromy, Carol (2003). The needs of relatives and other residents when a death occurs. In: Katz, Jeanne and Peace, Sheila eds. End of life in care homes: A palliative care approach. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, pp. 87–97.




Applying the principles and practice of palliative care to nursing and residential care homes is a unique concept
As more of us live longer, the way older people are cared for at the end of their lives needs to be addressed urgently, and this book is one of the first of its kind to show why the principles of palliative care should be available to us all
Case histories underpin the text and offer opportunities for ways forward
The editors and contributors are leading figures in palliative and residential care for older people

In our society, the overwhelming majority of people die in later life. They typically die slowly of chronic diseases, with multiple co-existing problems over long periods of time. They spend the majority of their final years at home, but many will die in hospitals or care homes. This book explores the possibilities for improving the care of older people dying in residential care and nursing homes. It argues that there are aspects of palliative care that, given the right circumstances, are transferable to dying people in settings that are not domestic or hospice based.

End of Life in Care Homes describes what happens in nursing and residential care homes when a resident is dying, how carers cope, and the practical, health and emotional challenges that carers face on top of their day-to-day work. Based on detailed research from both the UK and US, the book shows how the situation can be improved.

Chapter 6 is by Carol Komaromy and discusses the needs of relatives and other residents when a death occurs.

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