Care in the Last Days of Life

Aim: It is recognised the resident is entering the last days of life and best practice is provided

Objectives:

  • Identify the five priorities for care of the dying person
  • Recognise the point where the resident enters the dying phase
  • Be able to care for the resident in the final days
  • Recognise appropriate and inappropriate care pathways
  • Know how to care for the people important to them, staff and other residents with dignity when a resident enters the dying phase
Joint and shared resources
Attendance register
A register that can be used at any events and workshops. Download: Attendance Register
Evaluation form
Provides feedback to the facilitators, which will help continually develop and improve the delivery of the programme. Download: Evaluation form
Six Steps Organisational Programme Resources
PowerPoint presentation
A sample presentation that can be adapted for Step 5 workshop. Download: Six-Steps-Step-5-v2019.pptx
One Chance to Get It Right
A Leadership Alliance document setting out the approach to caring for dying people that Health and Care Organisations should adopt. Download: One Chance to Get it Right
One Chance to Get It Right: one year on report
An overview of progress on commitments made in One Chance to Get it Right: the system-wide response to the Independent Review of the Liverpool Care Pathway. Download: One Chance-One Year On Report.pdf
What to expect when someone important to you is dying
A guide for carers, families and friends of dying people – The National Council for Palliative Care. Download: What to expect when someone important to you is dying a guide for carers families and friends
Identifying dying
Recognising where death is imminent – The Irish Hospice Foundation. Download: Identifying Dying
Identifying dying in a person with dementia
Recognising when someone is reaching the end of their life – Alzheimer’s Society. Website
The duties and responsibilities of health and care staff
Priorities for Care of the Dying Person – a handy guide of the above document. Download: The Duties and Responsibilities of Health and Care Staff
999 poster
Gives guidance on what points to consider when calling an ambulance. Download: 999 Poster
Last Days of Life Medicines Authorisation & Administration Booklet
This is the booklet for the authorisation and administration of last days of life medicines ONLY IN USE IN GREATER MANCHESTER AND EASTERN CHESHIRE STRATEGIC CLINICAL NETWORKS AND IS PROVIDED AS AN EXAMPLE. This document must only be used when the patient has been assessed and they are considered to be in their last days of life. Anticipatory medication should only be initiated after assessment of the patient and their individual symptoms in the last days of life. Download: EoL-drugs-booklet.pdf
North West End of Life Care best practice guide
Provides guidance on best practice in end of life care. Download: North West End of Life Care Good Practice Guide
Step 5 to do list
Checklist of actions to be completed before the next workshop. Download: Step-5-to-do-list.doc
Six Steps to Learning Resources
Recognising the deterioration/dying phase - Marie Curie information for healthcare professionals
Priorities for Care of the Dying Person with Prompts for Staff. Website
Care after death
A guide to care after death, including personal care after death and ongoing support of the family. Download: Care After Death
Duties and responsibilities of health and care staff
Priorities for Care of the Dying Person with Prompts for Staff. Download: Duties and Responsibilities of Health and Care Staff
Frailty case study
A learning aid providing a case study around a frail elderly patient to consider anticipatory prescribing. Download: Case Study
Support sheet - What to do after a death
Information on what to do when someone dies. Download: Support Sheet - What to do After Death