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Have you considered where or how you’d prefer to be cared for if possible? Information and support is available to assist you in choosing whether to stay at home with support if possible, or consider a County Council supported care home, Private Care Home, Hospice or Hospice at Home service in your area. Age Concern has national and local offices which offer additional volunteer support, information and advocacy services in your community.

Carers
Family, friends and neighbours often take on the role of carer. To assist carers in learning about available support and services, go to NHS Choices Carers Direct, County Council Services for Carers, National Help the Hospices for carers of the terminally ill, Age UK . Directgov provides information about carers rights and benefits.

Health
Do you know your options for medical care? Choices about medical treatment and care should be made in partnership with your healthcare team. These links will take you to websites that offer information to assist you in finding local GP or hospital services specialist nursing and palliative care. Specific information about caring for people with various conditions may be found at these national websites.

Spirituality & religion

Have you discussed important beliefs or values? Letting others know what may be important to you will allow those around you to offer support that has personal meaning. The following links offer contact details for major national organisations and information about spirituality and care can be found here.

Palliative & hospice care

What is palliative care? What is hospice? Palliative care is the active, holistic care of patients with advanced progressive illness. The Specialist Palliative Care Team offers advice to care teams on pain and symptom control, psychological and spiritual support and advice to families and carers. This support can be in hospital, home or a hospice. Hospice is a way of caring for people. Click here to consider a hospice near you.

End of Life & Bereavement

Are you concerned about funeral options or bereavement care? Many people are concerned about funeral options and what support is available for their loved ones after they’re gone. The range of funeral, financial and bereavement support available is vast. Speaking to professionals in these areas is important for making informed choices. The organisations below may provide a starting point to help you consider your options.

Bereavement

Funerals – National Resources

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