Published by admin on June 20, 2021
The possibility that a person may die within the next few days or hours should be recognised and communicated clearly. Decisions should then be made and actions taken in accordance with the person’s needs and wishes. These should be regularly reviewed and decisions revised accordingly.
Sensitive communication should take place between healthcare professionals and the dying person, and those identified as important to them.
The dying person, and those identified as important to them, should be involved in decisions about treatment and care to the extent that the dying person wants.
The needs of families and others identified as important to the dying person should be actively explored, respected and met as far as possible.
An individual tailored plan of care should be agreed, coordinated and delivered with compassion.This includes support to eat and drink as long as they wish to do so, as well as symptom control and psychological, social and spiritual support to ensure their comfort and dignity.