We provide services to ensure that you can receive the best possible care, and treatment that respects your wishes at the end of life. As far as possible we want to make sure you can be supported in the place you have chosen, whether this is at home, in a care home, or in a hospice.
Who is it for?
End of life care is for everyone who is coming to the end of life, including people who have an advanced, untreatable or life-threatening illness.
This care involves managing pain and symptoms to make sure the last stages of a person's life are as comfortable as possible. It is sometimes called "palliative care". This means trying to reduce pain and discomfort rather than curing or slowing down the illness.
End of life care is for people who can't get better, to make them feel more comfortable. The services provided also support their family, who are concerned about their relative's well being at this difficult time.
End of life care can also include psychological, social and spiritual support to help both the patients and their families to adjust and cope.
How much does it cost?
In the last few days of life, the NHS will manage most of the care and this is free.
Who provides it?
There are many different people who could be involved in end of life care, depending on a person's health and social care needs. They could include:
- Hospital doctors and nurses
- Your doctor
- Social workers
- Religious ministers
- And more.
Most hospitals have special palliative care teams. They work with other staff to deliver end of life care to patients in hospital, in care homes, in hospices and at home.
The first person you speak to should be your doctor. They will be able to tell about all the services that are available and give you advice.