As serious illness progresses or as the body weakens with age (which may include multiple conditions), a person will experience changes. These changes can affect how a person’s body functions, how they communicate, think, and behave.
Timely recognition that a person is deteriorating and clear communication of that possibility enables goals of care to be discussed and a plan of care developed, implemented and reviewed so care is responsive to the changing needs and preferences of the person, their family and carers.
The Supportive and Palliative Care Indicators Tool (SPICT) is a validated tool that you can use to assess deterioration for a range of advanced serious conditions. If you answer 'yes' to any of the questions this indicates that it is time to assess the person’s holistic needs and start planning future care with them.
CareSearch has developed interactive versions of the SPICT (298kb pdf) and SPICT4ALL (299kb pdf) forms for online use.
To learn more about using this tool visit the SPICT website.
Download the SPICT4ALL form (299kb pdf)
Learn more on the SPICT website
Read the CareSearch evidence - Recognising last years of life
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