Greetings from the Health and Social Care team at Jisc,
The 14th of May was Dying Matters day.
Part of being a health and social care professional will most likely include having to disucuss people’s preferences for when they die. It’s a difficult subject with friends, family and people under your care. Take the time to think about your arrangements and discuss them with a loved one or friend; then ask if they have prepared thier preferences, for just in case the worst happens.
For advice and guidance on how to have these conversations go to the Dying Matters website.
Dying Matters is a coalition of individual and organisational members across England and Wales, which aims to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life.
Advanced Care Planning (ACP) can include individuals preferences of care, living arrangements, food and funeral preferences. Advice and guidance on filling in ACPs using a person centred approach is found here in our resources. By making preparations for the worst case scenario can illeviate stress and suffering for those left behind who have to make the arragements, and can ensure that wishes are fullfilled.
For resources from Dying Matters go to dyingmatters.org/overview/resources
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The H&SC team