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PUEYO GARRIGUES, Sara; PUEYO GARRIGUES, María  and  PARDAVILA BELIO, Miren Idoia. Needs of the relatives of a patient terminal institutionalized in a geriatric center: clinical case. Gerokomos [online]. 2015, vol.26, n.3, pp.94-96. ISSN 1134-928X.

The end of life care is offered in multiple contexts all over the world in places such as in nursing homes. The aim of this work is to analyze more in depth the needs of the relatives of the terminal phase patients who undergo treatment at a nursing home. We take into consideration a clinic case that together with a concrete literature, it assists us to determine which are the families’ needs in that moment. The analysis of the case is structured in 4 subunits which are: Communication with the medical experts and professionals, medical assistance, infirmary/nursing assistance and emotional and social needs. This work gives a clear picture of the importance of developing the function of the nursing professionals, an identification plan and the attention given to the families’ necessities. This approach will provide a better quality assistance which will derive onto an improvement of the family member’s health.

Keywords : nursing; nursing home; terminal care; end-of-life care; family.

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