Implications for carers of terminally ill patients dying at home
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Implications for carers of terminally ill patients dying at home

Paul Beland Deputy team leader, Hospice, Home Services, St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice, Spalding

Most terminally ill patients will express a wish to die at home. To achieve this, patients must rely on the support of family carers, who may experience emotional and health difficulties in providing such care, both before and after the death. Healthcare professionals can help to relieve the burden on family carers, and there is guidance available to direct GPs and other community healthcare professionals on providing good anticipatory palliative care for patients, and support for carers. This will increase the likelihood that patients at the end of life will achieve a ‘good death’, and family members will have a positive experience of care giving.

Nursing Standard. 28, 3,40-45. doi: 10.7748/ns2013.09.28.3.40.e7651

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 01 March 2013

Accepted: 05 July 2013