Care of the deceased patient and their family. A guideline for nursing practice in Northern Ireland

This guideline has been written by the HSC Bereavement Network for registered nurses, healthcare assistants and other healthcare professionals who may have responsibility for providing care during and after the death of a patient in acute, secondary or primary care settings.

The guideline aims to:

• Promote safe and sensitive care of the body at the time of and after death, taking into consideration the wishes of the deceased patient and their family

• Ensure the deceased person is treated with dignity and respect, and that cultural and spiritual needs are met

• Promote effective inter-agency working by outlining the roles and responsibilities of relevant professionals and organisations who are involved in caring for the deceased patient and their relatives

• Promote effective communication and provide information to assist families when dealing with the practical issues that arise as a result of the death eg. registration of death or a death that is referred to the Coroner

• Inform the development of relevant policy, procedures and protocols to guide the practice of health and social care staff

• Provide a resource that will be useful for pre and post registration training and education and contribute to the professional development of nurses in the care of the deceased patient and their family.

Full-text Click HERE

Caring for Carers

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Caring for Carers produced by the All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care is a website providing advice to carers and family caring for those with palliative care needs.

To access this website, click HERE

It is divided into the following topics:

  • Self-care,
  • Home care,
  • Practical care,
  • Common symptoms,
  • Caring in a hospice, hospital or residential home,
  • Advance care planning, legal matters and funerals
  • Care as death approaches
  • Bereavement

 

Finite Lives: Dying, death and bereavement. An examination of state services in Ireland

Senator Marie Louise O’Donnell  launches her independent report ‘FINITE LIVES’ and there will also be the launch of the art exhibition; Kicking the Bucket.

Full-text available HERE

Venue; Limerick City Gallery of Art
When: Thursday, June 8th 2017
Limerick City Gallery of Art (LCGA) and Milford Care Centre’s Compassionate Communities Limerick bring together an eclectic mix of prominent artists and thinkers who have, recently and very publicly discussed the subject of death, dying, bereavement and memory.
The report is the first comprehensive analysis of end-of-life issues across all government departments outside health.

ReachOut – Helping you get through tough times

ReachOut

Reachout.com is an Irish online youth mental health service for young people aged 12-25 years. It provides quality assured mental health information, real stories, expert advice and support and training. There is information on many aspects of mental health including Loss and Grief

 

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Milford Care Centre is a major provider of education in palliative care, gerontology, clinical skills and bereavement care in Ireland. For more information on our courses go Milford Care Centre courses

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