A different approach to the delivery of end-of-life care in the community

District nurse Cora Duinkerken with her patient Truus Verhaak
District nurse Cora Duinkerken with her patient Truus Verhaak
The idea here is that in a single unhurried visit a highly trained nurse can accomplish much more than several health and homecare workers popping in to do their allotted tasks. So the costs per hour may be higher, but patients need thirty-to-forty per cent fewer hours of care. Cora Duinkerken says it’s a great way to work. “We choose to work maybe under our level but with that we can give the client complete care. That’s better for the client, but it also makes our job a lot more diverse. You get a much closer relationship with the client because you spend a lot more time with them so they eventually will share a lot more with you.”…read more

An article from Media Watch, compiled and annotated by Barry R. Ashpole (Ontario, Canada). More reports can be found at IPCRC.NET