PALLIATIVE CARE: Coalition Offers Recommendations for Nursing Homes
The California Coalition for Compassionate Care has released a 30-page document of recommendations designed to improve end-of-life care for those living in the state's 1,400 nursing homes. According to the guidelines, nursing homes should "weave together the values and medical status of each resident to provide an informed base for making individual end-of-life medical decisions and to provide palliative care services that address physical, emotional, psychological, social and spiritual issues for the dying." In conjunction with the state DHS and state nursing home associations, the coalition will offer an intensive training program for 40 nursing homes that want to become "model sites for delivering end-of-life care" (California Health Law Monitor, 3/20 issue).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.