Award for end-of-life toolkit

A toolkit to help care staff in the housing sector give a better quality of life to people as they approach the end of their lives has won recognition in an awards ceremony this month.

The inaugural Housing with Care Awards, run by Care Talk magazine, saw housing with care provider Octavia win the Workforce Development Award for its “Better Lives, Better Endings” toolkit.

The toolkit, co-designed by Octavia and St Christopher’s CARE in London, assists staff in addressing challenges faced by extra care providers in meeting residents’ wishes towards the end of life.

Octavia head of care quality Lianne Joy said: “As a result of this work, our residents are starting to talk more of their hopes and wants for their future care and support and staff are beginning to feel empowered; memorial spaces are being created in our extra care schemes and staff have fed back that it has supported them in their personal lives as well.  Our aim is to reflect on what we have achieved with this project and continue to evolve our services to meet the needs of residents.”

The toolkit is available here: