A Practical Guide to End of Life Care

A Practical Guide to End of Life Care

By: Clair Sadler (author)Paperback

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Are you involved in caring for people at the end of their life? Do you have a role in supporting the families of those who are dying, or is this an area of your work you find personally difficult? This book is an accessible guide for all those working in health or social care and caring for people at the end of their lives. This will include people in roles such as healthcare assistant, hospice worker, volunteer, nurse or other carers. Written by experts with extensive experience in delivering high quality end of life care, this book is full of real life examples, reflection exercises and case studies. It also includes insights into what can help make a good death, and how to help support families at the end of life.The easy to read chapters emphasise treating people who are dying with dignity using a person centred approach. The book supports the delivery of quality care by recognising physical and non-physical symptoms, and thinking about various emotional and physical needs people might have. It is also important that care givers look after themselves and advice is given on how best to do this. An essential purchase for anyone looking for guidance or support in this area, and suitable for those working in the community, care homes, hospices, hospitals or other settings where people are cared for.

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About Author

Clair Sadler is a Senior Lecturer in palliative care. She delivers taught and distance learning courses in palliative care to a range health care professionals, carers and the general public through Princess Alice Hospice, Surrey, UK. The hospice is a charity based in Surrey providing in-patient and community care for 2,500 people every year. It provides education and training on a national and international basis.


Forewords Contributors 1. Thinking about dying - setting the scene 2. What does end of life care mean? 3. Where are people cared for and who is involved? 4. How can we communicate with people about dying? 5. What are the common physical symptoms at the end of life and how can we help? 6. What are the common non-physical symptoms at the end of life and how can we help? 7. How can we help families and carers? 8. How do people's beliefs and values influence their dying? 9. What happens in the last hours of life? 10. What to do when someone dies and afterwards 11. How can we look after ourselves? 12. Frequently asked questions Glossary of helpful terms Useful websites, books and other resources References

Product Details

  • publication date: 01/10/2015
  • ISBN13: 9780335263561
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 216
  • ID: 9780335263561
  • weight: 730
  • ISBN10: 0335263569

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