Yet, navigating the journey through disease trajectories is an important piece of helping a loved one die with dignity.
This fifteen-question mood scale screens for depression in older adults.
Pain AssessmentFunctional Assessment Staging of Alzeimer’s Disease (FAST)
Reisberg, B. 1988 This tool assists the care provider in understanding
the stage of Alzheimer’s disease that the person is in and guides their approach to that individual’s unique deficits and needs.
Palliative Performance Scale
Developed by the Victoria Hospice Society
A valid and reliable assessment tool to screen for the intensity of nine common symptoms experienced by cancer patients: pain, tiredness, nausea, depression, anxiety, drowsiness, appetite, well-being and shortness of breath.
Patients can report their ESAS scores electronically at many regional cancer centres using ISAAC. Find out more about ISAAC (Interactive Symptom Assessment and Collection)
Nursing Guidelines: Assessment in LTC (PDF)
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The following measures should be considered before contacting the most responsible physician:
- completing a comprehensive pain assessment
- knowing the goals of care for the person
- knowing the person’s PPS
- having the person complete the ESAS (if he/she is able)
- knowing your agency/facility policies and standards
- completing the Situation Background Assessment Recommendation (SBAR) Report to physician tool.
'How long do I have?'
|Abbey Pain Scale|
Symptom ManagementTwo things many at end-of-life face: dyspnea and dysphagia. Yet Primary Care staff communicate little of this information to family members, in order to make good treatment plans and information-based decisions. The inability to breathe (Dyspnea - from COPD or other breathing disorders) or swallow (Dysphagia) have a huge impact on quality of life and dying with dignity.
|Deciding about tube feeding pamphlet|
Anosognosia is a condition in which a person who suffers disability seems unaware of or denies the existence of his or her disability. This may include unawareness of quite dramatic impairments, such as blindness or paralysis. It was first named by neurologist Joseph Babinski in 1914, although relatively little has been discovered about the cause of the condition since its initial identification.
amnesia, memory loss
aphasia, lack of language abilities
agnosia, loss of recognition
apraxia, inability to perform complex movements