7th May 2015 – Dying Matters – make sure you plan the end of your life

Posted on May 7, 2015 by AireAdmin

Hospital visitors and staff are being encouraged to have conversations about their personal wishes for the end of their life during Dying Matters Week, 18 – 22 May 2015.

Specialist palliative care nurses at Airedale Hospital are giving advice on talking about this sensitive subject with close friends and family and those professionals that support them.

There will be an information stand on the top corridor above the Trust’s main reception which will be staffed daily during the week, between 12 noon and 2pm.

‘Dying matters’ awareness week is a national annual campaign and the theme this year is:

  • talk to your own family and friends about your wishes around end of life care;
  • plan with health care professionals
  • live – then you can get on with your life

Members of the public are being advised to take five simple steps to make their end of life experience better, both for them and for their loved ones. These are:

  • Write your will
  • Record your funeral wishes
  • Plan your future care and support
  • Consider registering as an organ donor
  • Tell your loved ones your wishes

For more information about the national Dying Matters campaign visit http://dyingmatters.org

Sarah Davie, specialist palliative care nurse at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, whose team has been running training sessions to help staff feel comfortable about talking to patients who are at the end of their life, said “It makes it so much easier for relatives if their loved ones can discuss openly and honestly about what is important to them when they are dying. End of life care is all our business and is a priority for our Trust. We really do have one chance to get it right.”

During Dying Matters Week, the Bradford and Airedale Palliative Care Managed Clinical Network is launching a new document to help patients, their families and professionals think about and make informed choices about their end of life care.

The advance care plan has been developed and agreed in consultation with professionals and patient representative groups across Airedale and Bradford.

Helen Livingstone, palliative care consultant at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This document helps people think about the types of decisions it may be useful to talk to family and professionals about, and provides a place to document these.”

When important decisions need to be made, we are sometimes not in a position to be able to express these easily. It’s helpful for families and professionals to know what your views would be so they can act in a way that respects your preferences.

The document will be available for people to see at the Dying Matters events across Airedale and Bradford.During the week there will also be an information afternoon at Castleberg Hospital,Tuesday 19 May, 2 -4pmfor patients and carers to discuss care towards the end of their life.