At some stage all of us will have to face the fact that we (or our loved ones) have a life limiting condition and are coming towards the end of our lives.
End of life care (EOLC) is support for people who are approaching death. It helps them to live as well as possible until they die, and to die with dignity. It also includes support for their family or carers.
NHS Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) works in collaboration with our partners; NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG, Trinity Hospice, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, GPs, community nurses, and other local health and social care providers, to maintain comfort and dignity during end of life care for the local people we serve.
At Home / In Care Homes
People approaching the end of their lives can choose to be cared for at home, this includes care homes.
Community services are available, such as GPs, district nurses, social carers, hospice at home and Marie Curie nurses to support people and families/carers in their last week/days/hours of life.
“Just in case” medication can be prescribed and kept at home until such a time when a person needs some medication to help with symptoms, e.g. Breathlessness, pain.
Equipment is available to support people to be cared for at home.
Below is some useful information that may be helpful during various stages of end of life.
Advancing Disease / Increasing Decline
- Preferred priorities for care
- Easy read Preferred priorities for care
- Planning your future care
- Guide to your preferred priorities for care
Last Days of Life