This eLearning course aims to introduce you to the topic of end of life care.
It begins by explaining the legal requirements and the policy guidance related to end of life care. It then describes factors affecting end of life care including the emotional and psychological processes people experience and how religion and spirituality may influence end of life care. You will then learn about advance care planning and the ethical issues that may arise in relation to this. The course then describes ways of supporting the individual and their loved ones through the process of end of life care and explains the signs that may indicate an individual is nearing the end of their life. You will also learn about sensitive issues and conflicts that can occur and how to deal with them appropriately. The course gives information about services available to support end of life care and actions to take following the death of an individual.
The learning outcomes for this course are:
- Outline the requirements of legislation and agreed ways of working to protect the individual at the end of life
- Identify factors affecting end of life care
- Define advanced care planning, it’s purpose and how to implement it
- Know how to address sensitive issues in relation to end of life care
- Know the role of specialist organisations and support services available to individuals and key people in relation to end of life care
- Identify when support would be best offered by other members of the team
- Identify actions to take following the death of individuals
- Know how to manage your own feelings in relation to dying or death of individuals