What is palliative and end of life care?
Palliative care helps manage the symptoms of terminal and complex, progressive illnesses or the side effects of drugs used to treat those illnesses. It aims to make you feel as comfortable as possible by managing your pain and relieving any other distressing symptoms you may have. It involves treating you as a whole person including your psychological, spiritual and emotional needs, and also supports for your family's needs.
End of life care is support for people who are coming to the end of their life and allows them to die in the most comfortable and dignified way possible. Support is also offered to family members to help them come to terms with losing a loved one. End of life care can last a few days, a few months or even more than a year.
Your local hospice
If you need long-term healthcare because of an illness or disability, you could be eligible for NHS continuing healthcare funding. This service is free of charge and is arranged and funded by the NHS. To check if you are eligible for this funding you will need to have an assessment, which can be arranged by your doctor or nurse.
You may also be able to access help to pay for social care from North Lincolnshire Council. They will assess whether you are eligible for financial help and provide a benefit check to make sure you are receiving all the benefits you are entitled to.
Make a will
By making a will, it will let people know what you would like to happen to your money, property and possessions after your death. Find out more about making a will on the Gov.uk website.
Give someone power of attorney
Lasting power of attorney allows for another person to manage your health and care or property and finances if you are no longer able to make decisions for yourself. You can find out more about lasting power of attorney on the Gov.uk website.