Palliative nursing

Once he’d been discharged from hospital following treatment for pleurisy, Desmond made it clear that he wanted no further admissions. He was 96 years old and had congestive heart failure. He wanted the remainder of his life to be spent at his home in Buckinghamshire.

Aware that he only had a very short time to live, Desmond’s daughter came to Consultus. She felt that a professional Live-in Nurse was the answer, as her father’s dependency increased and he became bed-bound. Desmond had signed a living will expressing his desire for his dignity to be maintained at all times and to die in the comfort of his own home. His family was determined to fulfil his dying wishes, a decision supported by his GP.

Our nurse worked closely with Desmond’s daughter, granddaughter, GP, district nurse and occupational therapist to ensure that his final days were dignified and that pain was controlled.

The nurse administered subcutaneous diamorphine as needed for breakthrough pain and continuity of care was provided until the end.

After three weeks, Desmond died peacefully in his own bed, surrounded by his family, exactly as he had wanted.

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