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Helping patients and families plan for end of life

Compasson in Dying guidance provides new approach to engaging people and communities in planning for the end of life.

Compasson in Dying guidance provides new approach to engaging people and communities in planning for the end of life

Introduction

Nurses play a key role in supporting patients and families in end of life care (Royal College of Nursing 2015). However, it is sometimes difficult to start these conversations with patients and their families. Building on the experiences of its recent My Life, My Decision programme (Compassion in Dying 2014a), the charity Compassion in Dying provides guidance to health professionals working with people who want to think about their on going care needs and wishes as they approach the end of life.

Why is planning valuable for patients?

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 sets out two ways individuals can ensure their wishes are followed if they lose capacity to make treatment decisions for themselves: registering a lasting power

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