End of life care

​The palliative care team at UHNM

What is end of life care

The term 'end of life care' refers to the care people receive in the last days or few weeks of life.  End of life care looks at the physical, emotional, social and spiritual aspects of care and will be adapted to a person's needs.

Who provides end of life care?

A number of health and social care professionals may be involved in the care being given at end of life depending on the person's needs. Examples may include hospital doctors and nurses, GP, community nurses, counsellors, chaplains (of all faiths or none), social workers, occupational therapists and complementary therapists.



If you have a life-limiting condition or are caring for someone who does and you would like more information about the support available locally, please contact your GP, specialist nurse (if you have one) or any of the healthcare professionals involved in your care.


Planning ahead

If you have a life-limiting illness, or are approaching the end of your life, you may wish to make plans for your future care. Planning ahead can help you receive the care that you would like. This information could also be helpful to your family and friends.

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What is an advance statement?

An advance statement is a written statement that sets down your preferences, wishes, beliefs and values regarding your future care. An advance statement is not legally binding, but anyone who is making decisions about your care must take it into account.

Examples of preferences could include wishes regarding preferred place of care, wishes regarding tissue donation, wishes regarding spiritual care and personal likes and/or dislikes.

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What is an advance decision (living will)?

An advance decision (sometimes known as an advance decision to refuse treatment, an ADRT, or a living will) is a decision you can make now to refuse a specific type of treatment at some time in the future.

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What does lasting power of attorney mean?

If you become unable to make decisions for yourself in the future, someone will need to make decisions for you. Generally, professionals will make decisions about your health and social care, and your family or carers will decide on day-to-day matters. If you wish, you can officially appoint someone you trust to make decisions for you. This is called making a lasting power of attorney (LPA).

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