What We Do > End of Life Care
End of life care is intended to help those with advanced, progressive, incurable illness to live as well as possible until they die. This care supports the spiritual, physical and mental needs of both the individual and those close to them with compassion and respect. A key aspect of end of life care is the management of, and comfort from symptoms arising from an illness.
“May I thank you and all the staff of Alexandra Wing for the tender care given to my mother during the last weeks of her life and the sympathetic support offered to myself when I was with her during the last few difficult hours.” Resident’s daughter
An individual may also need strong emotional support to help them to cope with the progression of their infirmity. Care for Veterans prioritises the wishes of all its residents should the situation arise where a resident requires palliative and end of life care.
Care for Veterans has been accredited with Beacon status for the Gold Standard Framework (GSF) for end of life care. Beacon status is their very highest award and is the first time we have won the coveted award, after first being accredited in 2008, demonstrating a continued improvement of the high standard and quality of care we provide. The purpose of the GSF is to deliver a Gold Standard of Care to those who are nearing the end of life.
This is a major achievement for Care for Veterans, which has been delivering care of the dying for many years. This award recognises and publicly acknowledges the standard of care of the dying that is prevalent at Care for Veterans.
The Gold Standard Framework in Care Homes Programme grew out of the work of GSF in primary care, improving the care for people nearing the end of their life. It has been grown and developed from the grass roots experience of over 600 care homes over four years, blending evidence based good practice with real-life experience from thousands of staff and residents.
The GSF has three aims:
Our Chaplain works closely with residents who are nearing end of life, and can provide any support they may need. Find out more about our chaplaincy service.
This is a very major achievement for all the staff at Care for Veterans as it demonstrates and acknowledges their commitment and professionalism for end-of-life care for all residents at the charity. This award is not an easy qualification to achieve as demonstrated by the fact that there is only one other care home in West Sussex that has also been recognised. I must make particular mention of Dr Abu Daia and Dr Kamar, the two Care for Veterans doctors, for all their help and support to us in the long work-up and preparation prior to achieving this award.”