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Dying Matters Awareness Week 2019

It is Dying Matters Awareness Week (13-19 May) which raises awareness about the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement. This year’s theme is ‘Are We Ready?’

Our  learning disability service in Shoeburyness, near Southend in Essex, demonstrates excellent end of life care and understands the importance of talking and planning for the end of life.

The supported living service has recently been awarded a Gold Standard as part of the Gold Standard Framework for end of life care.  This framework promotes discussion on personal choices and how each person would want to be cared for and their wishes of where they would like to be cared for at the end of their life.

Staff at the service have been using the framework to give more structure to planning for end of life to ensure everyone involved is as ready as they can be.  They have developed advanced care plans with the individual and their family. As part of the process, individuals and families can choose their preferred place for end of life care.

It is so important for people to talk about this sensitive subject to ensure that the individual and their families are ready for the end of life and we are glad that we can assist.