New research published today by the Cicely Saunders Institute at Kings’ College London, has found that deaths occurring in care homes in England and Wales could more than double in the next 25 years if recent trends continue – rising to 230,000 per year by 2040.
The researchers say more investment is urgently needed to ensure all care homes are prepared to support residents as they reach the end of life.
Commenting in response, Carole Walford, Chief Clinical Officer, at Hospice UK said:
“The predicted steep rise in deaths in care homes draws attention to the urgent need for more training for care home staff in palliative and end of life care.
“Many hospices are working in partnerships with care homes on training and education programmes to help develop the skills and knowledge involved in providing end of life care.
“Greater investment to grow these skills among care home staff will enable more people at the end of life to be cared for in familiar surroundings by those that know them well. It will also help reduce inappropriate admissions for people approaching the end of life to overstretched hospitals.”
Notes to Editor:
- Hospice UK is the national charity for hospice and palliative care. We support and champion the work of 220 hospices across the UK, campaign for access to good end of life care for everyone and encourage open conversations about death and dying.
- Hospice UK leads the Dying Matters campaign which aims to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life.
- For information about hospice and palliative care visit our website www.hospiceuk.org or follow us on Twitter @hospiceuk
- For information about Dying Matters visit http://www.dyingmatters.org/ or follow us on Twitter @DyingMatters
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