The Leadership Alliance for the Care of Dying People has just released a 168-page report: One Chance to Get It Right: Improving People’s Experience of Care in the Last Few Days and Hours of Life.
The report is focused on 5 Priorities for Care. These priorities are that, when it is thought that a person may die within the next few days or hours:
- This possibility is recognised and communicated clearly, decisions made and actions taken in accordance with the person’s needs and wishes, and these are regularly reviewed and decisions revised accordingly.
- Sensitive communication takes place between staff and the dying person, and those identified as important to them.
- The dying person, and those identified as important to them, are involved in decisions about treatment and care to the extent that the dying person wants.
- The needs of families and others identified as important to the dying person are actively explored, respected and met as far as possible.
- An individual plan of care, which includes food and drink, symptom control and psychological, social and spiritual support, is agreed, coordinated and delivered with compassion.