End of Life Care

End of life care aims to ensure everyone has the choice about how they are cared for during the final stages of their life.

End of Life care is for adults with an advanced progressive illness, for example people living with cancer, cardiovascular disease or neurological conditions.

It includes the management of pain and other symptoms at the end of life, as well as psychological, social and spiritual support to help support patients and their families.

What Is End Of Life Care?

End of life care can be delivered by a range of professionals including GPs, nurses, support workers, social care practitioners and therapists. Specially trained nurses can also provide nursing care in the person's own home, offering respite to carers. Support at end of life can include: 

  • Help you to live as well as possible in comfortable surroundings, with support, according to your wishes
  • Offer appropriate advice for relief of pain and any other symptoms
  • Provide support to your family and friends
  • Help you to plan for the your future in advance by thinking about where you would like to be cared for at the end of your life and making your wishes about your care, treatment and funeral plans known to your family and carers
  • Information to help make decisions about care and treatment
  • Advice on benefits and financial assistance
  • Help dealing with spiritual questions. 

Having a choice

Not everyone finds it easy to talk about death and dying. However, it is important to know that choices are available to you. Perhaps you have thought about how you wish to be cared for at the end of your life and would like to discuss that with someone or perhaps you need support talking to your family and friends about your wishes.