By edited by Elizabeth Davies and Irene J Higginson.
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Ensure that the training of health care professionals includes sufficient time devoted to palliative medicine and the care of older people, and that professionals are supported to keep up to date; 7. demand and invest in high standards in palliative care for older people, including pain and symptom management, communication skills and coordination of care; 8. act against ageist stereotypes that affect whether older people are offered palliative care when they need it; 9. involve older people – as the users of services – in making decisions about the types and mix of services they want available to them towards the end of life and into bereavement; and 10.
Ensure that older people with palliative care needs are regarded as individuals, that their right to make decisions about their health and social care is respected, 36 and that they receive the unbiased information they need without experiencing discrimination because of their age; and 3. ensure that their organizations work in a coordinated fashion with other statutory, private or voluntary organizations that may help older people needing palliative care. Those funding research need to: 1. invest in research into the geographical variation between and within countries in the palliative care that older people receive; 2.
Leave the patient, value respite and sitting services. The few who take up group activities or support groups value the chance to talk openly with others, but formal evaluation of their benefit is weak. Further work is needed to explore the priorities of caregivers and what it is realistic for services to achieve for them (13). Here it is important to remember that giving caregivers the impression of being listened to and appreciated is in itself an important goal of care. Anxiety and depression are normal responses to loss and the threat of loss in lifelong relationships.
Better palliative care for older people by edited by Elizabeth Davies and Irene J Higginson.