End of Life Care

On this page:

• What is end of life care?
• What is palliative care?
• Should I plan ahead?
• How do I find out about local end of life care services?

One day we will all die, and we want a good, pain free death in a place of our choice.
To allow this to happen, we need to talk about death with our family and friends, and our doctor, to make them aware of our wishes, and to find out what the options are.

 

What is end of life care?

End of life care is support for people who are in the last months or years of their life.

End of life care should help you to live as well as possible until you die, and to die with dignity. Providers of care should ask you about your wishes and preferences, and take these into account. They should also support your family, and carers.

 

What is palliative care?

End of life care includes palliative care. If you have an incurable illness, palliative care makes you as comfortable as possible by managing pain and other distressing symptoms. It may also involves psychological, social and spiritual support.

 

Should I plan ahead?

If you are not approaching the end of your life, you may still want to think about your wishes for your own end of life care. Talking about dying makes it more likely that you, or your loved one, will die as you might have wished, and it will make it easier for your loved ones if they know you have had a ‘good death’.

The Dying Matters Coalition aims to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life. Their website will help you start those conversations.

The NHS Planning for Your Future Care guide outlines the different options available to you when planning for your end of life care.

 

How do I find out about local end of life care services?

Details of local providers of care, information and support can be found on the end of life care pages of Surrey Information Point.