End of Life Care DVD launched

Following on from the successful launch in July of its End of Life Care Learning Resource Pack, Housing 21 has today launched a DVD to help those caring for someone who is near the end of their life.

The DVD, which complements the Resource Pack, is aimed primarily at carers in an extra care housing setting. Death and dying can be difficult topics to talk about, but the film clearly demonstrates that many older people do think about this. It includes footage of extra care residents and relatives talking about what they want to happen at the end of life, and where they want to be cared for. For most people, this is in their own homes.

Narrated by Jason Issacs, who stars in the Harry Potter films, the DVD is the result of an ongoing collaboration between the National End of Life Care Programme and Housing 21, with funding from Skills for Care.

It shows how care staff can contribute to person centred care, offering dignity and choice, and illustrates how extra care housing is contributing to some of the key delivery objectives of the National End of Life Care Strategy. 

The Resource Pack, which includes case studies, is a practical tool providing information and guidance on areas such as medication and pain management, mobility, religious, cultural and spiritual needs issues and common symptoms at end of life.

Sarah Vallelly, research manager for Housing 21, said: "Although the DVD and resource pack are aimed primarily at care staff working in extra care settings, they will be invaluable to anyone working in health or social care as well as family members who are involved in supporting people a the end of life, wherever they live. Most people would prefer to die at home and we hope these resources can enable carers to develop the competencies to meet people's wishes at the end of life."

More information on the DVD can be found at www.endoflifecareforadults.nhs.uk.

Watch a trailer for our new DVD below. If you would like a copy of the DVD, please email communications@housing21.co.uk

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