It takes the form of five new Priorities for Care which succeed the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) as the new basis for caring for someone at the end of their life. The new approach focusses on giving compassionate care and is a move away from previous processes and protocols. It recognises that in many cases, enabling the individual to plan for death should start well before a person reaches the end of their life and should be an integral part of personalised and proactive care.
Debbie Kerslake Chief Executive of Cruse Bereavement Care, said:
“In the last few days and hours of life, it is essential that the dying person and those identified as close to them are treated with the utmost respect.
“Cruse is the leading bereavement care charity, and co-authors with the Bereavement Services Association of the Bereavement Care Service Standards. We welcome these Priorities for Care of the Dying Person. They promote a culture of care and compassion, placing the dying individual at the centre and also recognise the need to provide support for those who are bereaved.
“We have to learn lessons from what has gone wrong. We have to listen to those who have been bereaved and move forward to deliver the highest quality care before and after death.”
For further information contact Siobhan O’Neill: 07904 662001. Press@cruse.org.uk.