Dying well at home: the case for integrated working
SCIE Guide 48
Published: May 2013
Review date: May 2016
This guide is about enabling people who want to die at home to do so and improving the quality of care they receive. In the context of this guide, ‘home’ means the place where a person usually lives. This includes ‘extra care’, sheltered housing accommodation and tenancy-based accommodation such as supported living, but not care homes. The guide is aimed at practitioners and managers supporting people with end of life care needs across the health, social care and housing sectors.
While ‘a good death’ at home may not be a feasible or desirable death for everyone, it could be a reality for many more people if there are services to support it. There are likely to be significant resource savings if more people are kept out of hospital and are cared for at home. Successfully enabling people to die well in their own homes is a priceless achievement.
Recommendations from the Dying well at home guide.
Making sure people have a choice about where they die.
Improving the experience of people dying at home.
The needs and experiences of carers supporting a person to die at home.
Working together to support people dying at home.
Equipment and community services needed in the home to enable people to be cared for until death.
The economic impact of people dying at home.
Systemic and organisational issues.
Examples of good practice in supporting people to die at home.
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