When you or a loved one have been told you’re nearing the end of life, it’s natural to have many different emotions. And there can be a lot of practical things to think about, too. Even if you’ve been expecting this news, it may still be challenging. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, you’re not alone.
The Vitality team is here for you and your family at this important time. And we have everything in place to make sure you feel cared for and comfortable, with the support you need, when you need it. We can look after both your practical needs and your well-being, so you and your loved ones can focus on making the most of this time together.
What we offer
Our caregivers are fully trained in supporting people at this stage. You can feel reassured your caregiver will be experienced in both the practical and emotional aspects. Our care is GP-led and we always work closely with other healthcare teams to ensure all your medical needs are met. We can help you with everything from managing medicines to your personal care.
We’ll make sure we know your wishes for the end of life. When the time comes, we’ll do all we can to help make sure you’re in the place you’ve chosen, with the people you want around you. We can offer gentle holistic support, so you’re comfortable and peaceful.
Our specialised end of life team is used to discussing end-of-life plans with people and their loved ones. We can answer questions and listen to any concerns you and your family may have.
We’re committed to supporting you and your family with compassion and respect. It’s a privilege to be by your side at this time.
If you’d like to find out more about how we can support you and your loved ones, we’re here to discuss your needs.
More information about end of life
It can be helpful for you and your family to make some practical plans for the end of your life, so everyone’s clear about what you want. It can sometimes feel hard to think and talk about these things but most people who’ve done it feel relieved that their healthcare team and family know their wishes.
There are a few different documents you may want to create. They can include:
- a living will, a legally binding document that lays out your wishes around treatment, including refusing certain treatments
- an advance statement, which contains your general preferences for your care, from food to spiritual beliefs
- lasting power of attorney for health and welfare, giving someone you trust the legal power to make decisions on your behalf if you are unable to at any point.
You can find out more about making plans from Compassion In Dying