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End of life care for older people in acute and long stay care settings in Ireland
National Council on Ageing and Older People (NCAOP); Irish Centre for Social Gerontology, National University of Ireland, Galway; O’Shea, Eamon; Murphy, Kathy; Larkin, Philip; Payne, Sheila; Froggatt, Katherine; Casey, Dympna; Ní Léime, Áine; Keys, Mary
This report is an exploration of end-of-life care for older people in acute and longstay settings in Ireland. The focus is on end-of-life care for all types of illnesses and conditions in acute and residential care settings because this is where the majority of older people die in Ireland. End-of-life care is broader in scope than palliative care and allows a longer lead time to death. It takes into account the potential uncertainty surrounding dying and death, including the possibility that some people follow complex and non-linear pathways to death. End-of-life care is, therefore, intimately bound-up with quality of life issues for older people living in acute and long-stay care settings. Loss and decline are common and recurring features of life in long-stay care settings, from admission, through on-going care, to death. The challenge for the future will be to find an equilibrium between the care of the living and dying in acute and long-stay care settings. This report provides a potential framework for the development of an integrated care structure for end-of-life care that embraces living and dying as part of the normal care structures and processes in all care settings.
Keyword(s): OLDER PEOPLE; DEATH; HOSPICE; PALLIATIVE CARE; RESIDENTIAL CARE
Publication Date:
2008
Type: Report
Peer-Reviewed: Unknown
Language(s): English
Contributor(s): Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme
Institution: Lenus
Publisher(s): National Council on Ageing and Older People (NCAOP)
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