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.