End of life

    End of life

    When a person is connected with their own individual life story, and finds meaning in their life, their end-of-life experience can be a good one. It
    can be challenging to facilitate this for a person who has significant cognitive difficulties.

    As many people with dementia live in nursing homes when they are nearing end of life, staff can play a central supporting role for the person and their family.

    Approaches and training

    Professor Elizabeth MacKinlay was brought to Ireland by Sonas apc to upskill healthcare staff in spiritual reminiscence and how to sensitively
    navigate the end of life journey. If you didn’t get an opportunity to attend one of her workshops, you may find her books useful.

    We regularly hold training events in this area, identifying leading experts to deliver them.

    A person’s religion can be a source of great comfort to them at the end of their life. We have a range of resources for people of all Christian denominations and guidance booklets for caregivers.

    The Irish Hospice Foundation, with whom we collaborate, also provides very useful resources, hospice-foundation-imgtraining and tools to support good end-of-life dementia care.