Better care every step of the way

More than 40% of care homes in Scotland need to improve the support they offer people with life-limiting illnesses and those who require palliative and end of life care, according to a new report from Scotland’s care watchdog.

This report reflects the findings of 1036 inspections and three investigations carried out by the Care Commission at care homes for older people between April 2007 and March 2008.

During the inspections, the Care Commission evaluated whether staff in care homes had an understanding of what constituted palliative and end of life care - and how well they were delivering it to people who live in care homes and their families.

The Care Commission