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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. The people providing your care should ask you about your wishes and preferences, and take these into account as they work with you to plan your care. They should also support your family, carers or other people who are important to you.

You can read more about planning for end of life care in this NHS guide.

Macmillan Cancer Care also offers help and support.

The Royal College of Physicians has published Talking about dying: how to begin an honest conversation about what lies ahead. This report explores the reasons that doctors and other healthcare professionals find it hard to talk to patients about dying. The evidence shows that patients who have had these conversations and have end-of-life care plans put in place have a better experience than those for whom the conversations come in the final days or hours of life when they can seem unexpected to patients and carers.

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