About a fifth of all people who die in any one year in England die in a care home. This means that training for all staff in end of life care planning, and for some in palliative care is a priority.
Most care home residents are over 85 years old, with an average life expectancy of less than two and a half years. This means that caring for people approaching the end of their lives must be a large part of what care homes, with or without specialist nursing care, must provide.
The Social Care Institute for Excellence has produced, End of life care in a care home which includes a Checklist for owners and managers.
In addition, My Home Life has developed a step-by-step guide to good practice in end-of-life-care