A model long-term care hospice unit: care, community, and compassion.

Departmennt of Physiological Nursing and UCSF/John A. Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, University of California, San Francisco, USA.
Geriatric Nursing (Impact Factor: 0.88). 01/2005; 26(1):16-20, 64. DOI: 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2004.11.001
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ABSTRACT The purpose of this study was to investigate the factors that influenced the quality of care of terminally ill nursing home residents on a hospice unit in a city and county long-term care facility. The findings disclosed that the hospice team had created a cultural environment in which care, community, and compassion were the predominant components of their philosophy of palliative care. Communication at all levels-among staff, family, friends, and residents-was found to be a core hospice value, essential to community development. The results of this study illustrate that exemplary palliative care can be provided when an interdisciplinary team is dedicated to creating an environment where the principles of palliative care can be fully implemented. The authors conclude that there is a developing role for geriatric nurses to participate in further defining and providing palliative care for older people in their homes, hospitals, nursing homes, and residential care.

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