By Sadler, Clair
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The first trajectory is represented by short period of illness with a fairly predictable deterioration in health over weeks, months or years. People with cancer are more likely to follow this trajectory. During this time they may have a period of wellness as a result of treatment. Over time, their physical ability will deteriorate and they commonly experience fatigue, weight loss, pain and other symptoms. The final decline is likely to be a slow deterioration in their mobility and ability to care for themselves.
A care home. Respite offers care for the individual so that the family or friends can have a short break from caring. This break could be a few hours on a regular basis at home so that the family member can leave the person in safe hands; or a longer period of care, for example, in a care home with nursing. Often this can mean the difference between the person and their loved ones coping or struggling. Find out how to refer to the social care team for a carer assessment. e. those supported by social services or healthcare), there may be additional services available in your area to support people in their own homes.
Advance care planning ensures people can express their wishes about the following: aa aa aa aa where they want to be cared for at the end of their life; what care and treatment they want at the end of their life; what they don’t want to happen at the end of their life; who will act for them if they are unable to act for themselves. ACP allows people to contribute to decisions about a time in their future care when they may lose the ability to make decisions as a result of illnesses, such as dementia or other changes in their condition, and they may wish to appoint someone they trust to ensure their wishes are honoured by registering someone with lasting power of attorney (LPA).
A practical guide to end of life care by Sadler, Clair