End-of-Life rights and choices have been headline news this week.  And given that 82% of people in the UK have strong views about how they wish to be treated at the end of life, it is important to note that people facing the end of their lives do have rights under the current law.

However despite these legal rights only 3% have made their wishes known in an Advance Decision, and 52% of people wrongly believe they have the automatic legal right to make decisions for a loved one who is seriously ill.

There is clearly a need for more support for both individuals and for the carers working with older people to raise awareness of their rights.   And we can help with this.  

We can provide you with free tools to ensure you are able to inform and empower the individuals you work with are able to communicate their wishes should they lose the capacity to do so.  If you are based in East London we can also provide free training for staff, volunteers and community groups.

Visit our Contacts page to find out more . . . . and if you want to know what others think of the training before you request your free tools or book your training for your team?   Well here’s what some training attendees recently shared with us;

…thanks for a fantastic night last week.  Everyone I have subsequently spoken to have all said what an informational and interesting event it was. Nick Maxwell, LGBT Development Coordinator, Age UK Camden www.openingdoorslondon.org.uk

The EoL Rights Advocacy project is important as it works to highlight EoL rights for everyone to try to ensure that people are treated with compassion and dignity at the end of their lives and according to their wishes. The EoL project is important as it helps to empower people to make the decisions they want about the care they’ll receive at the end of their lives so as to try to facilitate a good death. Many people that I work with feel frightened about what will happen to them at the end of their lives and feel powerless to have their wishes and voices heard about their end of life care wishes. This project brings these issues to the forefront of professional and personal care in a respectful and inclusive manner, thereby reducing stigma and improving choice around end of life issues.

The service provides an open, helpful, sensitive and respectful forum to reflect on EoL issues, which for many people may be anxiety provoking. As above, I think the service can make a real difference to people by helping to empower them to make their own decisions about their end of life care and support people to communicate their wishes to others by offering advice, advocacy and information.

The training has really helped the staff team to highlight the importance of offering patients and their families the opportunity to discuss and think about their future care and EoL wishes and practical advice such as making an Advance directive and so forth. It is an excellent resource for staff particularly in light of many staff feeling a lack of confidence addressing such issues.   Dr. Michelle Hamill, Deputy Head of Clinical Psychology, East London NHS Foundation Trust

It was a useful session. I will ensure that this info is added to our health information directory and used by our advisers. I feel the training was extremely interesting and informed me of many things that I was not aware of at all. The training helped me to be more pro-active in offering service if required and more confident in discussing the subject. Attendee from a session held at Toynbee Hall