Brayne, Sue, Lovelace, Hilary and Fenwick, Peter
End-of-life experiences and the dying process in a Gloucestershire nursing home as reported by nurses and care assistants
American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 25, (3), . (doi:10.1177/1049909108315302).
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This article presents an interim study into the end-of-life experiences of elderly residents in a Gloucestershire nursing home as reported by nurses and care assistants. It draws comparisons between the experiences of an end-of-life experiences pilot study conducted with the Camden Palliative Care Team in the United Kingdom with those of the nursing home staff to consider whether the dying experience of elderly nursing home residents is the same as those whose lives are foreshortened through terminal illness. It draws the conclusion that elderly residents have end-of-life experiences similar to those described in the Camden pilot study. It also examines the effect that end-of-life experiences have on the carers and reflects on possible needs for specialized training and support to deal with such existential issues.
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