“We can no longer accept women and men with severe mental illness struggling to access the high-quality care and support they ought to receive during their lifetime and dying 15 to 20 years before they should”, wrote Karen Turner and Tim Kendall – respectively director of mental health and national clinical director for mental health at NHS England – in their foreword to Forward Thinking.
An evaluation of palliative care services in the community.
17 August, 2004
One of the most common reasons for patient admission to an acute hospital or a similar environment shortly before death is carer breakdown (Wiles et al, 1999). This frequently occurs because the patient’s family is no longer able to cope alone in addressing their complex needs. By providing appropriate care and support at a suitable time, crisis admissions can often be avoided, enabling the patient to remain in their own home for the final days of their life.
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