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How do Admiral Nurses and care home staff help people living with dementia and their family carers prepare for end-of-life?

Moore, KJ; Crawley, S; Cooper, C; Sampson, EL; Harrison Dening, K; (2020) How do Admiral Nurses and care home staff help people living with dementia and their family carers prepare for end-of-life? International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry , 35 (4) pp. 405-413. 10.1002/gps.5256. Green open access

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Objectives: To explore current practice and the role of UK care homes and Admiral Nurses in helping people living with dementia and their family carers prepare for end‐of‐life. Methods: We conducted an online survey with all UK Admiral Nurses (59% response rate) and a random sample of Gold Standards Framework accredited care homes in England and Wales (38% response rate). We used descriptive statistics to report survey findings. Results: While respondents commonly discussed the progressive nature of dementia with people living with dementia and family carers, they less frequently spoke to people with dementia or carers about the nature of dementia as life shortening, terminal, or a disease you can die from. Admiral Nurses highlighted that where service models reduced continuity of care, opportunities for ongoing discussion and developing relationships that supported these discussions were reduced. Admiral Nurses and care homes raised concerns about conversations being left too late, when the person with dementia no longer had capacity to engage. There was a high level of agreement with all European Association of Palliative Care and National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) statements presented regarding end‐of‐life care planning and discussions. Conclusions: Our survey of care homes and Admiral Nurses, combined with findings from our previous survey of UK memory services, increases our understanding of how services help people with dementia and family carers prepare for end‐of‐life. We found fragmentation across the service system, lack of continuity, and tensions regarding when these conversations should be initiated and by whom.

Type: Article
Title: How do Admiral Nurses and care home staff help people living with dementia and their family carers prepare for end-of-life?
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1002/gps.5256
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1002/gps.5256
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Division of Psychiatry
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10089054
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