Increasing demand and need for non-cancer palliative services

Increasing numbers of people suffering from conditions other than cancer will want and need specialist palliative care and may expect that hospices provide it.  Hospices will also face new challenges around treating patients with dementia.  Conversely other commentators have voiced recent concerns about obesity and the possibility that it will lead to a significant rise in the number of cancer related death in the future. 

What are the implications?

  • Hospices may become an ‘intensive care’ facility for those with complex symptoms and ‘difficult’ dying trajectories.
  • This could result in little availability for respite care or for social admissions.

Moving forward

How can you ensure that your staff are confident about treating people with dementia? Is additional training required? Can you learn from other organisations?

Does your organisation need to consider the impact on either its mission and/or sources of funding by a shift towards more non-cancer palliative services?

 

Last updated at 09:43 Fri 25/Sep/09.

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