Caring for someone who is approaching the end of their life is one of the most important responsibilities in healthcare and whether youre an experienced practitioner, or new to the role, it can be an emotional and challenging time. You need to feel ready for this responsibility and this short course will help you to understand best practice in palliative care.
It is not just the individual in your care that you are providing comfort to, their family and friends may also need comforting and an open line of communication. This short course will help you know what to say at a difficult time and how much information is appropriate.
- Learners will understand the practical aspects of end of life care, including care planning, working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, and management of symptoms
- It is understandable that some people do not like to talk about death or dying as its an upsetting subject and can often trigger painful personal memories, but it is a reality and an unavoidable part of healthcare. It is important to feel as comfortable as you can talking about death and dying to the individuals you support and their loved ones, this course will help you to feel prepared for these types of conversations
- Learners will know how personalised care can be achieved and the importance of small acts of thoughtfulness and comfort
Advantages of this course
- Supporting an individual at the end of their life can often affect us personally too, this is only natural. It may also affect your colleagues and understanding those feelings and helping one another with them is a part of being a care worker. This short course will be a good first step in understanding emotional responses to end of life care.
- The Living Well tool from the Social Care Institute for Excellence will be introduced to learners
- This short course will ask you to consider the person-centered care and support you would want if you were dying and how you could apply this insight to your work
- Website and video resources are utilised to explain your role and responsibilities further
- There is also suggested extra reading that gives both practical information and links to websites to expand knowledge