Dying with dignity in a hostel
A nurse-led training initiative has given staff in a hostel for homeless people the skills and confidence to care for clients at the end of their lives
Homeless people are dying in unsupported and unacceptable situations with inadequate access to palliative care, a recent study found.
Those with advanced ill health rarely receive adequate care and support in the community, resulting in repeated unplanned and emergency hospital admissions, according to the researchers from the Marie Curie palliative care research department at University College London, Pathway, St Mungo’s and Coordinate My Care.
The study also said hostel staff often end up caring for some of the most unwell homeless people, despite not having had palliative care training or support to do so.
Researchers found that a conflict between the...
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