Meeting the needs of carers of people at the end of life
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Meeting the needs of carers of people at the end of life

Beth Hardy Lecturer in nursing, the University of York, York, England

Why you should read this article:
  • » To recognise the complex and dynamic needs of carers, which may be affected by the carer's relationship with the person they care for, the illness, their own experience and the support they receive

  • » To understand how health and social care professionals can support carers in end of life care

  • » To count towards revalidation as part of your 35 hours of CPD, or you may wish to write a reflective account (UK readers)

  • » To contribute towards your professional development and local registration renewal requirements (non-UK readers)

Carers have a vital role in end of life care in all settings. They are essential in enabling people to live at home at the end of their lives. Carers give and receive care, and have a range of support needs related to this complex role. This article explores the context of caring at the end of life and considers the experience of carers, in particular those who have a non-professional and unpaid relationship with someone who is at the end of life, and the support they require.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2018.e11128


Hardy B (2018) Meeting the needs of carers of people at the end of life. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2018.e11128

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software


Conflict of interest

None declared

Published online: 27 March 2018

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