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A Practical Guide to End of Life Care

Following the stories of three families, each with a member nearing the end of life, this book looks beyond medical care to consider a range of related issues, including legal matters and the processes surrounding death

Following the stories of three families, each with a member nearing the end of life, this book looks beyond medical care to consider a range of related issues, including legal matters and the processes surrounding death.

Each chapter explores a question through case studies and activities to encourage readers to reflect on their own situations.

The book strikes a balance between the factual and the personal, and gives the reader detailed information and time to think through reflection exercises. It highlights essential elements of end of life care, including communication, symptom management and personal care during bereavement.

It emphasises the importance of adopting a person-centred approach to the treatment of people who are dying.

The book supports the delivery of quality care by recognising physical and non-physical symptoms, and thinking about people’s different emotional and physical needs. It also makes clear that caregivers should look after themselves and how they should do so.

At first glance, the book may appear to be text heavy, but it uses information boxes, signposting and case studies to effectively break up the sections, making it easier to understand.

The writing style is accessible to professional and non-professional carers. It is also recommended to family carers who are seeking advice about providing end of life care.

The broader contextual information would benefit nurses or healthcare professionals and help them identify how their skills can be best used.

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