Wolverhampton charity offers new palliative care resources to care homes

A Wolverhampton-based charity is offering online palliative care support to care home staff during the Covid19 pandemic.

Compton Care have created a number of online learning resources aimed at supporting care home staff as the sector faces increased strain during the Covid19 pandemic.

The resources, which focus on topics including how to have difficult conversations and palliative and end of life care essentials, offer advice and guidance on how staff can support residents with incurable illnesses at this difficult time.

Louise Pimm, Lecturer Practitioner for Compton said: “Since the outbreak of COVID-19, our commitment to support the health, safety and wellbeing of our community has been the beating heart of what we do. During these unprecedented times we are doing everything we can to positively respond to the evolving situation; ensuring those that need support and information have access to it.

“By putting together a range of easily accessible online resources we hope to equip care home staff with the knowledge, advice and tools they need to be able to best support those they are caring for with incurable illnesses.

“Our commitment to the provision of palliative and end of life care for all those who need it is at the heart of Compton’s Learning & Development Team’s philosophy and we are doing all we possibly can to help our colleagues in the community and local Trusts.”

Resources will include videos of frontline staff sharing advice as well as ‘how to’ clips demonstrating skills and self-help techniques, which will be accessible to those working within a care setting. PowerPoint presentations will also be shared offering information on how to initiate difficult conversations alongside Q&A sessions with clinicians from across the organisation. Other resources will be made available via Compton’s website as well as uploaded onto the CCG Healthzone app.

Research conducted by Etkind et al (2020) looking at the role and responsibility of palliative care and hospice services in pandemics, highlights specific areas in which hospices have a role to play in responding to the current Covid-19 pandemic. These include responding rapidly and flexibly, shifting resources into the community, training non-specialists in use of protocols and providing education and training for non-specialist staff in essentials of palliative care and end of life care, including communication skills.

Mrs Pimm added: “Compton Care possesses deep experience in palliative and end of life care and the current pandemic, with its profound effect on the physical and emotional wellbeing of the British population as it wrestles with fear of infection, loss and grief, presents an opportunity for us to provide much-needed additional support and materials directly to care homes and healthcare professionals.”

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