CARES Program

The CARES Program is designed to treat and support the five most common symptom-management needs of the dying.

Our tools provide evidence-based guidelines and suggestions for care that should be anticipated by the bedside nurse and supportive care staff, as well as friends and family.

The CARES Tools address: Comfort, Airway management, Restlessness and delirium, Emotional and spiritual support, and the importance of Self-care.

These tools are intended to promote a peaceful death, help families understand the differences between a normal progression in dying and suffering, and encourage the use of self-care for all involved.

CARES Tools:
  • CARES Booklet : Informs and suggests evidence-based, compassionate end-of-life care for the bedside nurse and health care provider.
  • CARES Booklet - Supportive Care : Informs and suggests evidence-based options for supportive care personnel when caring for the patient and his or her family.
  • Final Journey Booklet : Designed for friends and family, this recourse that explains the difference between a normal dying process and suffering based on the CARES Tool, and provides information why specific care is being encouraged or provided.
  • CARES Pearls Poster : Designed for the health care provider to emphasize the importance of self-care and to promote resiliency.
  • Comfort Care Order Set: Addresses all medication and treatment recommendations provided in the CARES Tool.


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