The importance of having a personal care plan in place to communicate preferences and wishes for end of life care is being highlighted in the East Riding this month as part of Dying Matters Awareness Week.
Dying Matters is a broad-based and inclusive national coalition of 30,000 members, which aims to change public knowledge, attitudes and behaviours towards dying, death and bereavement.
Dying Matters Awareness week runs from 12 -18 May 2014 aiming to help people speak out about death and encouraging members of the public to take simple steps to make their end of life experience better, both for them and for their loved ones..
One of the CCG’s key priorities is to make it easier for patients to communicate their preferences and wishes for end of life care. The CCG is working with local partner organisations to help raise awareness by distributing leaflets and posters at local events and meetings.
Care for people at the end of their life in the East Riding is provided by range of healthcare professionals including GPs, specialist teams such as Macmillan and Marie Curie, local hospices and local Neighbourhood Care Teams.
Alex Seale Director of Commissioning and Transformation at ERY CCG said: “This is naturally a sensitive and upsetting subject that is not always openly discussed in families. However, having an up to date record of your wishes will support nursing and care home staff deliver care the way individuals want at their end of life.
Dr Gina Palumbo, Clinical Chair for ERY CCG said: “We are so good at supporting individuals into old age but we must never forget to be caring and compassionate right until the very end of life. Only by being open and truly understanding individuals’ preferences and wishes for end of life care can we strive as a society we get this right for the dying and for the families who are bereaved”.
Our messages are:
Don’t leave it too late to think and talk about how you would like to be cared for.
Tell your loved ones and/or your health and social care team what care you would prefer and get them to write this down.”
For more information on ‘Dying Matter’s please visit http://dyingmatters.org/YODO