Needs Assessment in Practice

Needs Assessment

What we know

The ageing of the population and the increases in the prevalence of cancer and other chronic diseases that accompany ageing, are driving an increased need for palliative care services. Needs assessment forms an important part of palliative care in all settings and can improve their quality of life of adults with dementia or those who are at the at end-of-life. Needs assessments can help to identify what clients or residents and their families consider important and where they need help and support. Recognition of the individual needs of palliative care patients and their family members forms the basis of individualised care.


What can my organisation do?

To enhance the care of clients and resident, consider including needs assessment particularly
  • as part of admission or the initial consultation
  • at times of significant change such as a
    • significant decline or deterioration
    • change in family/social support
    • change in functional status
  • at the beginning of the terminal phase
  • to provide, where relevant, grief and bereavement support to clients and residents and their families.
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