Palliative and end of life care for people living with dementia in care homes: part 2
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Palliative and end of life care for people living with dementia in care homes: part 2

Gary Mitchell Resident experience care specialist, Four Seasons Health Care, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Joanne Agnelli Resident experience support manager, Four Seasons Health Care, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Jessie McGreevy Deputy nurse manager, Silverbirch Lodge Nursing Home, Saintfield, Northern Ireland.
Monica Diamond Resident experience care specialist, Four Seasons Health Care, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Herlindina Roble Home manager, Leabank Nursing Home, Ballycastle, Northern Ireland.
Elaine McShane Resident experience support manager, Four Seasons Health Care, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Joanne Strain Head of nursing, Four Seasons Health Care, United Kingdom.

This article, the second of two, provides healthcare practitioners with an overview of best practice in palliative and end of life care, including nutrition, hydration, oral hygiene and pain management. Communication and spiritual care are discussed, as well as care after death. Providing support and education for families is an important aspect of palliative and end of life care. Care home nurses should ensure that the person living with dementia is at the centre of decision-making, and provide care that is inclusive of their needs and wishes. The article is framed in a care home context; there is little research about how to optimise palliative care for people living with dementia in care homes.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2016.e10582

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Received: 26 April 2015

Accepted: 26 July 2015

Published online: 23 June 2016