Prompts for Good Practice – Just-in-Time Guidance
HANDY-TO-HAVE QUICK GUIDES TO DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF END-OF-LIFE CARE
These guides are quick prompts to good practice in end-of-life care. They are useful for general information on good end-of-life care and particularly intended as just-in-time guidance for health professionals facing challenges in providing good end-of-life care in acute hospitals and residential care settings.
If you like these prompts for good practice and want to know more about any of the issues covered, you might want to consider doing one of our Staff Development workshops.
These leaflets have been incorporated into the HSE's new ward-based resources for healthcare staff, 'Toolbox Talks
They also support the six domains of Palliative Care Competency developed by the HSE's Palliative Care Clinical Care Programme.
(Click the images to open the leaflet in PDF format)
||End of Life Care - The Last Days This two-page leaflet covers the following topics
- caring for people in the final days of their lives - how staff can keep the person at the centre of care
- families and end of life care
- what happens when the person dies and what do relatives need at this time
- some suggested things to say (and to avoid saying) to someone who is bereaved
Delivering Bad News This two-page leaflet covers the following topics:
- defining what is bad news
- practical guidance on how to prepare for the delivery of bad news to someone
- how to break bad news in a sensitive and manageable way
- ensuring support for the person after they have received the news
||Supporting Families This two-page leaflet covers the following topics:
- how to support families when a relative is near end of life
- the importance of communication and involving family members in care at end of life
- how to approach the facilitation of a family meeting
|| Advance Care Discussions This two-page leaflet covers the following topics:
- what are advance care discussions and what are the kinds of things they cover?
- what is their legal status?
- how to broach the issue of advance preferences with someone, and how to respond to cues which indicate that a person wants to talk about their advance wishes
||Responding to Difficult QuestionsThis two-page leaflet covers the following topics:
- guidance on how to deal with difficult questions from patients, questions such as 'am I dying?'
- triggers to difficult conversations – when are patients likely to initiate them, and who might they want to talk to?
- how to park our own anxiety and be an active listener
Caring for Yourself in End of Life Care
This two page leaflet covers the following topics:
- Why self-care is important for those working in end-of-life care
- Different dimensions of self and how we can care for ourselves in many ways
- Practical suggestions for how you can care for yourself
||Good end of life care for people with dementia This two-page leaflet covers the following topics:
- what makes end of life care for people with dementia different?
- good end of life care for people with dementia
- the role of the multidisciplinary team in meeting the palliative needs of people with dementia
- references and key documents and resources for end of life care for people with dementia
Last Updated 07/04/2017
||Care After death This two-page leaflet covers the following topics:
- what happens when someone we love dies
- looking after yourself
||Communication with People with Dementia This two-page leaflet covers the following topics:
- why do we communicate
- tips for communicating with people with dementia
- core elements of person centred communication