This resource will give staff and carers of people with learning disabilities basic information on providing end of life care to people with learning disabilities and provides accessible information for busy staff and services and outlines the key aspects of supporting people with learning disabilities at the end of life to experience ‘a good death’.
With more and more people with learning disabilities living to older age, they are more likely to die from diseases such as cancer and heart disease, or to develop dementia. Helping people achieve a ‘good death’ can be a challenging task. This pack raises awareness and improves practice in end of life care for people with learning disabilities. It aims to encourage discussion and debate about end of life care and provides guidance on supporting people and their families at the end of life.
This guide is aimed at carers and staff in care settings, managers and employers in nursing, who provide services to people with learning disabilities at the end of their life.
Publisher: Pavilion Publishing and Media Ltd
Publication: 12 November 2012
Content: Introduction; What is learning disability; End of life care strategy; Making arrangements for the future; Recognising illness; Discussion as the end of life approaches; Assessment, care planning and review; Delivery of high quality services in different settings; Care in the last days of life; After death; Resources; References.