End of life care

End of life care involves treatment, care and support for people who are thought to be near the end of their life. It is intended to help people live as well as possible at the end of their life.

End of life care is a form of palliative care. Palliative care is the care, support and treatment offered to people with progressive, incurable conditions. Palliative care is intended to control symptoms, help people deal with the physical and psychological impact of illness and to offer support to the individual and their families. Palliative care often includes making plans for care and support in the future.

End of life care is very individual and should be shaped by a person’s own preferences wherever possible. It will usually involve some of the following:

  • symptom management
  • information to support your choices about treatment and care
  • support to help you discuss what is important to you
  • advice on benefits and financial help
  • professional assessment for equipment and aids
  • carer/family support
  • bereavement support

End of Life care should reflect the situation of the individual and their specific needs. End of Life care may involve care and support from a range of professionals and services, including GPs, community nurses, social workers, therapists, and voluntary organisations. 

For some people, End of Life care is provided by those health and care professionals who are already looking after them. However, people with complex needs may require additional support from Palliative Care specialists. East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust offer a Specialist Palliative Care team, providing care to those with more complex palliative care needs. patients and their families. Find out more.

Carers can come under particular stress and pressure when a person is near the end of their life. Local Carers services can offer support to deal with these pressures. 

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