End of Life Care

While this is a hard subject to think or talk about, there are five important things one should consider planning ahead:

  • Legal and financial matters

  • Organ donation

  • End of life care

  • How you would like to be remembered

  • Funeral plans, and bereavement support for loved ones

End of life care is support for people who are in the last months or years of their life. It is about helping you to live as well as possible until you die and to die with dignity, in the setting of your choice. The following two websites below have useful information on planning for end of life:

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Palliative Care

If you have a terminal illness that can't be cured, palliative care helps to make you as comfortable as possible, by managing your pain and any other distressing symptoms. It takes a holistic approach and involves psychological, social and spiritual support for you and your family or carers.

 

Palliative care isn't just for the end of life – you may receive palliative care earlier in your illness, while you are still receiving other therapies to treat your condition. You will usually be  referred for Palliative care by your hospital specialist after discussion with you.

Palliative care is provided by our local hospices. Their websites below lists information about care and support available to our patients and their families: