End of life care
What is end of life care?
Put simply, end of life care is support for people who are approaching the end of their life. The care a person needs at this time is focused on supporting them to have the best possible quality of life, independence and control over their care.
High-quality end of life care is an ongoing priority across the nation. This is evidenced by the 2014/15 NHS Outcomes Framework which identified ‘improving the experience of care for people at the end of their lives’ as a key area.
End of life care in Wiltshire
Our overarching vision and values for end of life care has remained unchanged for several years:
‘The patient and their family/carer receive the care and support that meets their identified needs and preferences through the delivery of high quality, timely, effective individualised services. Ensuring respect and dignity is preserved both during and after the patient’s life.’
We believe people have the right to access to high quality services so they can have a dignified, peaceful and supported end of their life. We want to make this happen by:
- Giving people the opportunity to voice what they want (i.e. where and how they are cared for/supported/die) and making it possible for health and social care services to fulfil their wishes
- Putting in place effective and compassionate care for people approaching the end of their life
- Supporting families and friends after their loved one has passed away