Rowans Hospice has been engaged in the ‘six steps in end of life care’ programme delivering education to 10 care homes in the Portsmouth area. The education is free to the care homes with the funding commissioned by Portsmouth City Council. The training aims are to deliver high quality, end of life care within the care home settings.
The training is now complete, with some very positive feedback, giving care staff the knowledge to support end of life care in the care home environment.
A recent CQC report from one of the participating care homes stated:
“The registered manager and a senior care staff member told us they were completing an end of life course run by the local hospice. They described how this was helping them to understand what good end of life care meant and how they could provide this. They identified this had also strengthened their relationship with the hospice and meant they were able to access support when required.”
Tasmin Atkins from Clarendon Care Home said: “The training has made a difference to the residents and their end of life care; they are more involved in considering their options and voicing their wishes which we can support them with. We also involve their families in making decisions together rather than the health professionals making their decisions for them. Individual needs are taken into account. The format and structure has enabled us to give the best care possible to the most vulnerable at the end of life.”
The care staff were presented with their certificates by the Education Lead at Rowans Hospice on Wednesday 21 March.