Towards Journey’s End

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It is not something we talk about every day but planning for your old age and end of life is an essential conversation that every adult needs to have. If you have a plan it means that your wishes are more likely to be known by others. This is especially important if you lose capacity to make your own decisions.

Many people don’t die as they might have wished. They may not have left a will, or expressed wishes about their funeral or may have been cared for in a place that they really didn’t like.

If the subject isn’t raised, it’s more likely that you’ll feel isolated and your loved ones troubled over having to make decisions for you. Dealing with practicalities and sharing feelings and anxieties can bring you closer together.

 What if you were told that you had only a few months to live?

Would those around you know how best to support you?

Would they know how you want to be cared for?

Would relatives know of any plans you would like after death?

Would they know about any wishes you have?

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Difficult issues:

Nobody likes to dwell upon the subject of departing this life, and it can be especially difficult to contemplate loss of a loved one.

All around us there is constant encouragement to plan for the future:

  • Have you made a will?
  • Have you granted a Lasting Power of Attorney?
  • Have you made an Advance  Statement (your wishes), about your future care?
  • Have you made an Advanced Decision (under the Mental Capacity Act) about refusing possible future treatment?
  • Have you saved for your funeral?
  • Have you told those who matter what is important to you as your life nears journey’s end?

An easy decision:

Difficult questions and impossible decisions can all become too much. Yet you, and those closest to you, will always wish, for a dignified and peaceful end to life’s journey in a safe and caring environment. This may be easy to agree but often difficult to achieve. You may choose to be cared for by a team of professionals in your own home or it may be that you will best be helped on that final journey in a place with clinical and technical support. All Hallows  provides a special place offering round—the— clock inpatient palliative care / end of life care to people living in Norfolk and Suffolk and can support you at home too.

Money—a big issue:

All Hallows is a charity committed to providing the best possible healthcare to those in need at any stage of their lives, regardless of faith or beliefs. Our hospital, nursing home, day—and homecare teams have a genuine and  profound dedication to caring for those who come to us.

As you may be aware not everyone is eligible to receive funding from the NHS and Social Services. Our matrons and care teams are  always approachable and would be happy to discuss your or your loved one’s care needs and offer funding advice.

It is important to remember that if you or your loved one does not have access to insurance or public funding you can pay for any of our services privately.

Carers need care too!

At All Hallows we recognise that family and friends providing care may need a break. If your loved one’s final journey is a long one, we can help to ease the pressure by offering respite care.

Come and talk to us:

For a completely confidential discussion about our specialist services, end of life care and your care needs please speak to either of our registered managers:

Helen Southern – All Hallows Hospital, Station Road, Ditchingham Bungay Suffolk NR35 2QL

01986 892728   helen.southern@all-hallows.org.uk

Cristiana Predoi – All Hallows Nursing Home, 26 St John’s Road, Bungay Suffolk NR35 1DL

01986 892643   cristiana.predoi@all-hallows.org.uk