The Cicely Saunders Institute at King's College London has today released a study into the experience of those who die at home, compared to other settings, and the experience of their families.
Responding to today’s study in BMC Medicine, Jonathan Ellis, Director of Policy and Advocacy at Hospice UK, said:
“Hospice UK welcomes the findings from the Cicely Saunders Institute. Dying at home can be a source of comfort for both the person facing the end of their life and their families – this is something that hospices have been helping to make a reality for many years. Hospices across the UK put people’s preferences and wishes at the very heart of their care, and help support families and carers. This allows people to die where they feel most at ease with the best support possible for everyone involved.
“With the majority of hospice care being delivered at home or through day services, hospices are uniquely placed to provide specialist and compassionate care to people and families facing the end of life in the UK – as well as having vital expertise to share with health and social care colleagues in a variety of settings.
“As the Government considers its response to the review of choice at the end of life published in February 2015, this timely study provides further evidence of the crucial role played by services that help support dying people at home. We hope that it will result in a commitment by government to invest in the community services that help deliver better care and better outcomes for people approaching the end of life.”
Notes to editor
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