The Scottish Commission for the Regulation of Care (also known as The Care Commission) has released a new report which calls for improvements to be made in end-of-life care training.
In the report, entitled Palliative and End of Life Care, the Care Commission says that care homes are increasingly involved in caring for people at the end of their lives. To match this increase, the report urges care home owners to take advantage of the latest palliative care training programs and to get up to date on best practice.
The Commission also recommends that care homes and facilities should seek to work alongside local authorities and the NHS to get support and guidance on improving end-of-life care services.
David Wiseman, the acting chief executive for the Care Commission, said:
“While care homes in Scotland are making progress in how they deliver good palliative and end-of-life care, they can do much more to ensure people receive the standard of care that meets their needs, expectations and wishes.
Care users often have multiple long-term conditions. Staff, therefore, require the necessary skills, expertise and confidence to meet the needs of people and their families.”