End of life care

Advance planning for life until the very end

We know that thinking and talking about dying can be a very difficult and emotional process. We support our ladies and gentlemen and their loved ones with this challenging subject.

For those with dementia, planning for the end of life as early as possible is essential as it is important to try and have these conversations, while the person is still able to make decisions. Focusing on and planning for end of life wishes together can be a positive experience – bringing clarity and a feeling of control of the situation to the person and their loved ones.

Our end of life care supports those who reside with us to have the best quality of life until the end of their lives and to die with dignity.

End of life care to meet special wishes

We plan end of life care by talking to our ladies and gentlemen and their loved ones about their wishes and preferences. These choices can be about anything and everything and our support is tailored to individual needs.

We care for physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs until the end, while ensuring our ladies and gentlemen receive the respect and dignity they deserve. As part of the planning process we may discuss care for the person in their final days, considering:

  • Room layout – bed position, view out of the window or curtains closed
  • Whether friends and relatives will visit to say ‘goodbye’
  • Room atmosphere –silence or music playing/television on
  • Palliative care
  • What the person does not want
  • Funeral arrangements

Decisions about end of life care can be made over a period of time, giving individuals and their loved ones the time to think at their own pace and avoid overwhelming feelings. The plan is flexible and changes can be made at any time.

Palliative care

Palliative treatment or therapies are used to make people with incurable conditions, as comfortable as possible, by managing pain and other distressing symptoms.

End of life care starts when it is needed. It may last a few days, for months or even for years. It is not always possible to predict when palliative care will be needed but we work with our ladies and gentlemen and their loved ones to ensure they receive the correct care in a timely way.

This includes people whose death is imminent, as well as people who:

  • have an advanced incurable illness, such as cancer, dementia or motor neurone disease
  • are generally frail and have co-existing conditions that mean that death is expected within 12 months
  • have existing conditions that mean they are at risk of dying from a sudden crisis in their condition
  • have a life-threatening acute condition caused by a sudden catastrophic event, such as an accident or stroke