Research and analysis

The role of care homes in end of life care

Residential and nursing home data including availability of places, number of deaths, and demographics of people who receive end of life care.

Documents

Care home bed provision and potential end of life care need in people aged 75 or older in England

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Place and cause of death for permanent and temporary residents of care homes

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The role of care homes in end of life care

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Details

These briefings published in 2017 examine the place and cause of death for permanent and temporary residents of care homes.

Briefing 1 describes the availability of residential and nursing home places, older population needs and the number of deaths.

Briefing 2 describes demographic trends in people who receive end of life care in care homes.

Useful indicators under ‘Care homes and community’ are available on Palliative and end of life care profiles. This includes 3 indicators on care homes:

  • care home bed rate

  • nursing home bed rate

  • temporary resident care home deaths

Results of a national survey of support to adult care homes in England: a specialist palliative care provider perspective was published in 2017. This report presents the findings of a survey of organisations who provide specialist palliative care services to care homes. It highlights the good work they do and identifies the challenges they face. The report examines the role of specialist palliative care in providing support to care homes in England.

Published 1 September 2017