Reflection, Liverpool Care Pathway

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I am a rehab support worker at level three of the skills for health (2009) framework, within a multidisciplinary team of nurses, therapy and healthcare. This reflective account looks at my involvement and contribution to the care of an elderly gentleman, nursed in his own home living with his wife who provided him with nursing care between his private carer visits. The gentleman was also receiving care from a private agency and had district nurse involvement, as his condition worsened he had been referred by his doctor to a specialist palliative care team who assessed the patient and put him on the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP). The LPC is a best-practice model of care, supporting care in the last hours/days of life driving the quality of…show more content…
The World Health Organisation (2010) defines palliative care as: An approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing problems associated with life threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual. It is also our duty to support John and his wife`s in their decision for John to die at home, Department of health (2008) patients should have a choice over the care they receive and where.
On my arrival at Johns I met the private care worker, Gail (made up name), waiting for me outside the house, we sat in my car as she wished to quickly discus the patient. The car being more private than the street and she did not want to have the conversation in John`s house for fear of upsetting his family. She informed me John was now only being nursed on the bed and that movement seemed to cause pain and agitation, John also had a pressure sore under his tummy fold and was taking little or no diet and only sips of water which was distressing his wife. Gail also informed me that although John
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