Why The Elderly Patient At The End Of Life Care

1893 Words Dec 8th, 2014 8 Pages
For everyone, young and old, death is unavoidable and the loss is felt by those close to the person who has died. Sometimes maintaining a consistent quality of care is difficult which brought me to my PICO question. Does the elderly patient at the end of life receive better continuity of care in an acute care facility or at home while utilizing a home care visiting nurse service? “End-of-life care” is the term used to refer to the support and medical care given for the period of the time surrounding death. The quality of this care should be seamless weather in a hospital or at home.
End of life care does not just begin at the end as the name suggests, but it is the care a person receives once they have accepted the prognosis of a rapidly approaching end. The elderly population with multiple comorbidities may be “living, and dying” at the same time. This was a new idea brought about by this very class; The patient may be living with one or more chronic illnesses and may require a lot of assistance and care for days, weeks, and sometimes even months leading up to their death. The continuity of care is even more pertinent at this late stage in life. Continuity of care is, at its most basic of definitions, the quality of care over time. Establishing continuity of care is based on promotion continuous, caring relationships between patients and healthcare providers. It also includes ensuring a safe, coordinated transition of patients between healthcare environments, either from…
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