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End of life and palliative care

A good death

Dying is a social and spiritual and cultural event, and only part of that is to do with medicine. Only by talking openly - and honestly - with those closest to us, and those providing our care, can we help to ensure that our final wishes are met.

‘A good death – Molly’s story’ movingly tells the story of Molly and her daughter. Thanks to health and social care teams working together Molly was able to die at home. The film is a useful discussion starter for families wanting to discuss end of life care and helpful for anyone facing the imminent death of a loved one.

All families should expect the same compassion, level and quality of end of life care shown in this film.

Useful resources

The National Palliative and End of Life Care Partnership cites six key aspirations for end of life care. These are: people to be treated as individuals; all to have fair access to care; people to feel comfortable and free from distress; care to be co-ordinated; all staff to be prepared to care; communities to be involved.

‘A good death – Molly’s story’ is one example of how those aspirations can be achieved through good, coordinated end of life care. We need you to talk to your loved ones about their wishes and not to be afraid to start a conversation with your doctor. You may find the following resources helpful:

  • Find me help – directory of local end of life and palliative care services. Find Me Help is the UK's most comprehensive directory of services for people in the last years of life, their families, carers and friends.
  • NHS ChoicesWhat you can expect during end of life care
    What you can expect during end of life care and the things you may want to think about. These include how and where you want to be cared for, as well as financial issues.
  • NHS ChoicesPlanning ahead for the end of life
    Includes advice on advance care planning, writing an advance statement, lasting power of attorney
  • AGE UKbefriending service
    Judy paid for a companion/carer to come and visit Molly twice a week to entertain and stimulate her and relieve Sabrie for a couple of hours: “Kate was a wonderful addition to Mum’s care package”.
  • NHS Continuing HealthcareBerkshire eligibility criteria
    A package of care arranged and funded solely by the NHS. It is awarded depending on whether a person's primary need is a health need.
  • Alzheimer’s SocietyLiving and dying with dementia report
    Report exploring how care and support for people who are living and dying with dementia can be improved
  • Every moment counts report - how good, coordinated care looks to people near the end of life
    People approaching the end of life should receive consistent care that is coordinated effectively across all relevant settings and services at any time of day or night.

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