Online course

Improving Palliative Care in Care Homes for Older People

Examine how care homes are organised in Europe and how palliative care in care homes can be improved for older people.

Improving Palliative Care in Care Homes for Older People

Enhance your personal or professional interest in palliative care in care homes

In most countries, the population of older people is rising. Some older people spend their final phase of life in a care home, nursing home, or long-term care facility. It’s important the staff in care homes know how to provide skilled and compassionate care.

On this course, you will learn how care homes in six European countries can be improved using the research from a project called ‘PACE, Palliative Care for Older People’, funded by the European Commission. Using the PACE Steps to Success programme, you will learn how to improve palliative care in care homes for both residents and staff.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 18 secondsMy name is Sheila Payne, and I'm a professor at the International Observatory on End of Life Care. The Observatory at Lancaster University, in the United Kingdom, is one of the leading international centres of excellence for research and education in palliative care and ageing. The courses taught by leading international experts, including Professor Katherine Froggatt, Professor Lieve van den Block, and Dr. Jo Hockley.

Skip to 0 minutes and 55 secondsOur MOOC on improving palliative care in care homes for old people will help you understand more about how to start, or enhance, palliative care for old people. We will introduce you to new ideas and research about how to apply the principles of palliative care in care homes that will benefit older residents, and give staff more confidence and skills. The PACE Steps to Success programme we'll show you how to make six practical and organisational changes to improve care for older people, their families, and staff, working both in, and with, care homes. Practical examples demonstrating how to use each new step have been filmed in care homes in Belgium, England, Finland, the Netherlands, Poland, and in Switzerland.

Skip to 1 minute and 49 secondsCare home staff will share their experiences of implementing the PACE Steps to Success programme, highlighting what they've learned. We will draw upon evidence from a large European project called PACE, Palliative Care for Older People. So if you're working in a care home as a care worker, a nurse, a manager, or a link to care homes, perhaps as a physician, a nurse, or a social worker, then this course is for you. It's also suitable if you're interested in older people through your work, or perhaps as a family member. Please join us by registering on this website.

What topics will you cover?

  • Care homes, including the need for care homes and care homes in your country.
  • Palliative care - including key components, types of services, pain and symptom management and education.
  • The six steps in the PACE Steps to Success programme and how to apply them within a care home, including discussing current and future care, mapping changes in an individual’s condition, coordinating care, improving assessment and management of pain and care after death.
  • Sustaining and keeping change going in palliative care within care homes.
  • Case studies of good practice from six European countries.

When would you like to start?

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  • Available now
    This course started 1 April 2019

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Develop an understanding of palliative care within care home and its importance to patients, their family carers and healthcare professionals
  • Explore how palliative care can be implemented and sustained within a care home.
  • Engage in online discussion with others and reflect on palliative care provision within care homes in your own country based on your own knowledge and experience.
  • Assess how palliative care in care homes is managed across six European countries, drawing on results of the PACE project and examples from care home staff within these different countries.
  • Engage with a number of palliative care topics including: discussing current and future care, mapping changes in an individual’s condition, coordinating care, improving assessment and management of pain, end of life care and care after death.

Who is the course for?

This course is for staff working in care homes in either a management or caregiving role. This includes staff and volunteers that deliver services in care homes. This course is also ideal for older people and their families wanting to learn more about care homes.

Who will you learn with?

Katherine Froggatt

Katherine has a background in nursing and health care research. Her interests are in the the care of older people and palliative care, focused particularly in care homes and for people with dementia

Sheila Payne

Sheila is a Professor in palliative and end of life care, with specific research interests focussing on the role and experiences of family carers in supporting patients approaching the end of life.

Who developed the course?

Lancaster University is a collegiate university, with a global reputation as a centre for research, scholarship and teaching with an emphasis on employability.

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