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Opening up conversations about end of life wishes for people with deme

Thursday 28 July 2011

The guide aims to help professionals and carers of people with dementia to open up conversations about end of life wishes, especially early on in the disease, and to provide support.

Talking to people with dementia about their end of life wishes can help improve the quality of their care, according to new guidance published today by the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) and the Dying Matters Coalition. It hopes to help professionals and carers of people with dementia to open up conversations about end of life wishes, especially early on in the disease, and to provide support.

The new guidance, which has been supported by the Government’s National End of Life Care Programme and developed following conversations with 50 patients, carers and former carers, provides practical advice to carers on a range of issues. It fulfils an Action Plan pledge made by the NCPC to develop resources to support people to be confident in discussing their end of life care preference.

To view the guide please visit NCPC's website.