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A Practical Guide to End of Life Care

This book looks beyond medical care, and considers a range of issues including legal matters and the processes surrounding death. Each chapter is based on a question which is explored in detail through case studies and activities, encouraging the reader to reflect on their own situation.

The stories of three families are followed throughout the book, providing a balance between the factual and the personal, and giving the reader detailed information and time to think through reflection exercises. Essential elements of end of life care are highlighted, including communication, symptom management and personal care during bereavement.

The easy-to-read chapters emphasise treating people who are dying with dignity, using a person-centred approach. The book supports the delivery of quality care by recognising physical and non-physical symptoms, and thinking about the various emotional and physical needs people might have. It is also important that caregivers look after themselves and advice is given on how best to do this.

At first glance, it might appear to be a text-heavy book, but information boxes, signposting, and case studies have been used to effectively break up the sections, making it easier to understand.

The writing style is accessible,

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