Reassessment guidelines for palliative care
- Expect things to change and constantly look for them
- Anticipate specific problems – they don’t just arise unawares
- Prevent what is possible to prevent
- Act quickly as problems arise, since they have thus been anticipated and are in the forefront of one’s thinking
- Know that what worked at one point may not work all of the time
- Not become frustrated. Do not see changes as failures, but as challenges of expected changes requiring a new set of skills and energy in the caregiver.
Downing, G. M., & Wainwright, W. (2006). Medical care of the dying. (4th ed.). Victoria, BC: Victoria Hospice Society, Learning Center for Palliative Care.