End-of-life care is the term used to describe the support and medical caregiven during the time surrounding death. Such care does not happen justin the moments before breathing finally stops and a heart ceases to beat. An older person is often living, and dying, with one or more
chronic illnesses and needs a lot of care for days, weeks, and sometimeseven months.
End of Life: Helping With Comfort and Carehopes to make the unfamiliarterritory of death slightly more comfortable for everyone involved. Thispublication is based on research, such as that supported by the NationalInstitute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health. This researchbase is augmented with suggestions from practitioners with expertise in
helping individuals and families through this difficult time. Throughoutthe booklet, the terms comfort care, supportive care, and palliative careare used to describe individualized care that can provide a dying person the best quality of life until the end. Most of the stories in this booklet
are fictitious, but they depict situations that reflect common experiencesat the end of life.
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