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Getting care at the end of life

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People who are nearing the end of life have the right to say where they want to be cared for and where they’d like to die. This section explains where you can be cared for at the end of life and who can help.

If you feel strongly about where you want to be cared for at the end of life, it’s a good idea to make sure that your loved ones and the people who provide your care know what your wishes are. A good way to do this is to make an Advance Statement.

8.1 Care at home

If you’re nearing the end of life, care at home can usually be organised with the help your GP, district nurses and social services.

8.2 Care homes

Care homes provide accommodation and personal care 24 hours a day.

8.3 Hospice care

Hospices provide care and support for people with a life-limiting or terminal illness and their families.

8.4 Hospital care

Many people stay in hospital at the end of their life. Hospitals can vary greatly in size and in the services they provide, but all should be able to give palliative care that provides pain and symptom control.