Training to develop staff members' ability to deal with death
The aim of Final Lap is to ensure that staff of MHA care homes help residents and staff to face the reality of death with openness and positivity.
The e-learning comprises two 45-minute modules and supporting documentation including a Learner Journal and Mentor’s Guide. The initiative is supported by two or three champions in a care home who act as mentors to staff that undertake the course.
Module 1, What is a good death? enables learners to:
- Recognise the probability of death for residents in an MHA home
- Describe the ways that different faiths and cultures acknowledge death and celebrate the end of life
- List ways of overcoming and addressing the taboo of death
- Recognise their own attitude to death and that of the home itself
- Identify the rules and regulations that must be observed when a death occurs in the home
Module 2, How to support end of life care, enables the learner to:
- Describe methods for discussing death with the service user and supporting their wishes
- List techniques that can help support a good death
- Describe methods for supporting relatives and care staff after a death
- Identify where to find further information about issues before and after a death