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Death is as natural as birth, yet do we as western society view it as this? As professional carers it is one of our main duties and responsibilities - to guide the people we care for through this important chapter of their lives.
As winter approaches the nights get longer and the temperature begins to drop. People all over the country start preparing for the cold months ahead, and NHS hospitals begin organising and planning for their busiest time of year, commonly known as ‘winter pressures’. In the extreme winter of 2012/13 there were an estimated 31,100 excess deaths in the UK, and the colder it was, the higher the mortality rate. But what are the challenges facing older people during this chilly season, and why do we see a rise in illness and hospital admissions?
The day of handover is one of the most important days in a placement. It's a very busy day and can be stressful, not only for the carer, but also for the client, who may be feeling anxious about the change.
These are the areas that the outgoing carer should focus on and pay attention to when preparing for handover: