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?
NHS Choices has information about what you can expect during end of life care, as 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 more information, see NHS Choices: 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
South Tyneside District Hospital
Ward 20 at South Tyneside District Hospital provides end of life care for older people with a variety of life limiting diseases and their families, with a focus on good quality of life.
Community Palliative Care Team
A community Palliative Care Team are based at Clarendon House in Hebburn.
Tel: 0191 283 4561 An out of hours response is available from 5pm - 8.30am
St Claire's Hospice
St Claire's Hospice is an independent charity who provide care and support for terminally ill people and their families. To contact the hospice and for more information see, St Clare's Hospice.
Stapleton House Care Centre
See Stapleton House Care Centre.