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.

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