Reflective accounts

End of life care

A CPD article reminded Rose Gallacher of the need for dignity and respect when caring for people who are dying

A CPD article reminded Rose Gallacher of the need for dignity and respect when caring for people who are dying.

Abstract

End of life care is challenging, rewarding and a privileged experience, irrespective of where death occurs – in a hospital, care home, hospice, prison or at home. The CPD article was a reminder that death is a deeply personal and social experience, and one where individuals must be afforded dignity and respect. People who are dying should be referred to as individuals or persons, and not as patients.

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This reflective account is based on NS738 Sherwen E (2014) Improving end of life care for adults. Nursing Standard. 28, 32, 51-57.

 

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