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Places for care, places to die

Choosing where to die is an important decision for many people, which should be made when you're feeling strong and positive rather than when death is looming nearer. Dr Ros Taylor looks at the options.


Deciding where you want to end your life is about taking control and letting your loved ones know what your final wishes are.

Dying at home

Many choose to die at home

Many choose to die at home. Most areas have excellent teams of district nurses who'll work with your GP to help keep you comfortable. The local palliative care or hospice team will often visit your home to offer support and practical help.

Of course, circumstances and symptoms change during an illness and sometimes it's not possible or doesn't feel safe to remain at home if the right care can't be provided. Some people don't want to die at home as it might create difficult memories for those who live on.

Other options

An important part of future planning is considering other options, such as hospice care, a nursing home or your own local hospital.

A living will or advance directive is a document that allows patients to dictate their preferred care options at the end of life, should there come a time when they're not well enough to express their wishes.


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