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End of Life

What does End of Life mean

People are considered to be approaching end of life when they have been informed by their doctor that they are likely to die within the next 12 months, although, it is not always possible to predict.

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If you are approaching end of life, or caring for someone who is, and you want to find out more about the care and support available to you, contact your GP, who is your main point of contact regarding all of your health needs.

Find your nearest GP here

It is your right; to be able to access excellent standards of care and support at end of life and, you should be entitled to choose where you want the care and support you need to be provided. This is called a ‘Person Centred Approach’ and means that your support is tailored to you.

Find out more about End of life person centred approach here

Find out more about what to expect when someone important to you is dying

Caring for Someone at End of life

If you are caring for someone with a terminal illness that takes 35 hours or more, then you may be eligible for Carers Allowance

You can apply online here

You may also want to find out what other support there is for carers which you can access using the link provided

Access support for carers here

Dying Matters

Dying Matters is a coalition of 32,000 members across England and Wales which aims to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life.

They provide access to information and resources to help people be more open about their own experience of end of life. They offer an opportunity to connect with an on-line community of people and offer a means to find help near you.

Visit the Dying Matters website to access their resources

Last reviewed: 08/03/2019