How can advance care planning enhance end of life care for nursing home residents?
Sue Lyne Nurse consultant, Frailty and older people at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
Elena Mucci Consultant geriatrician, East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
The process can guide nursing home staff and community nursing teams
Nursing home residents with complex comorbidities, including frailty, often have unplanned hospital admissions (McGlade et al 2017). These admissions are associated with a decline in functional status or problems unrelated to the reason for admission, and mortality rates rise during admission and after discharge (Graverholt et al 2011).
Nursing Older People. 30, 7,17-17. doi: 10.7748/nop.30.7.17.s15