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Living Better Lives (ASC)

End of life care

Contents

  1. Overview
  2. What is end of life care?
  3. Informing your family
  4. End of life care in South Tyneside
  5. Training and resources

Overview

If you have a terminal illness, or you are approaching the end of your life, it can be a good idea to make advance care plans. This involves thinking about how you want to be cared for in the final months of your life.

If you are not approaching the end of your life, you may still want to think about your wishes for your own end of life care. This could include:

  • where you would like to be cared for
  • where you would prefer to die
  • your wishes for your funeral
  • who you would like to make decisions about your care (if you are unable to decide for yourself)

What is end of life care?

The NHS website has information about what you can expect during end of life care, also known as palliative care, and the kind things you may want to think about.

These include how and where you want to be cared for as well as financial issues. 

For information, visit:

NHS: End of life care

Informing your family

Letting your family know about your wishes could help them if they ever have to make decisions about your care.

Knowing that they are acting in accordance with your wishes can remove some of the stress from a very difficult situation.

End of life care in South Tyneside

A community Palliative Care Team is based at Clarendon House in Hebburn. 

Contact the team on 0191 283 4561 (an out of hours response is available from 5pm - 8.30am)

Training and resources

Find links to training and resources on end of life care.

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