Dementia leaflet launched
End of life care planning is vital to the overall quality of care for people with dementia, but often isn't done until the symptoms have progressed too far for accurate person-centred decisions to be taken. It’s rarely easy to begin conversations about end of life care, but speaking openly about the future can improve quality of life throughout the progress of the illness. These conversations must be started early, however, or vital clues for care provision can be missed. There are excellent opportunities to improve end of life care for this vulnerable population and our new leaflet explores these.
'Time to Talk' offers a wealth of advice covering topics such as what to talk about, when to talk and what might happen if you don't talk.
The leaflet was launched at a joint meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Hospice and Palliative Care at the House of Commons on 11 July 2012. Pictured at the launch are, from left, Labour MP and APPG Chair Fabian Hamilton; Care Services Minister Paul Burstow; Professor Mayur Lakhani, Chair of the National Council for Palliative Care and Dying Matters; Sam Turner, Director of Public Engagement for the National Council for Palliative Care and Dying Matters;
and Mike Richards, National Clinical Director for End of Life Care at the Department of Health.
Speaking at the launch, Sam Turner said: "End of life care conversations with people affected by dementia, far from being morbid, actually allow people to make decisions and give them control over what happens to them later on.
"This leaflet sets out issues to consider and tips to make it easier for those initiating the conversation. We hope it will be a helpful resource resulting in people with dementia getting their wishes met at the end of life."
'Time to Talk' is free to download from this website. If you would like additional copies, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 08000 21 44 66.