Patients, family members and carers

End of life care – Information for patients, family members and carers

Receiving the news that you or someone you love and care for has a life limiting illness can be a lot to take in.

End of life care focuses on the needs of the whole person as well as their family and/or carers. End of life care is not just about treating or managing pain. It can also involve:

  • Emotional, social and/or spiritual support
  • Support dealing with the practical effects of facing an end of life situation
  • Care in bereavement for family members and/or carers

Different health and social care professionals may be involved in your end of life care, depending on your needs. The diagram below provides an overview of the services in Wiltshire that may be involved in end of life care.

As a patient, you have the right to express your wishes about where you would like to receive care and where you want to die. Palliative care teams can provide end of life care to you and your family/carers at home, or in care homes, hospices or hospitals, depending on your needs and preference.