End of life care

'End of Life' care is for people who are in the final stages of their life. It is also known as Palliative Care , and aims to allow them to live in as comfortable and dignified a way as possible and in their preferred place of care until they pass away.

This care includes the management of pain and other symptoms at the end of life as well as psychological, social and spiritual support to help achieve the best quality end of life care for patients and their families, helping them to cope with the emotional impact of the illness.

End of life care will be planned with the patient, their GP and hospital team who have been supporting them with the condition. They will also be able to signpost the patient and their family to a range of services in the area.

NHS Choices provides an End of life care guide to help those who want to plan in advance for their end of life care. It explains what to expect from end of life care, as well as information about rights, choices and wellbeing.

The Dying Matters website provides advice on what to do if there is a concern about the quality of the end of life care being received.

Information can be found in the Caring for someone section of this website on support available for carers.

For further information, visit the Bereavement section of this website.

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