Dying Matters Awareness Week takes place this week which aims to raise public awareness about the importance of talking more openly about dying, death and bereavement and of planning ahead and organisations supporting Swindon patients with end-of-life concerns, whether personally or as carers, are launching a charter that puts local people’s wishes to the forefront in the care that they will receive in their final weeks and months.

The new Dying Well Community Charter has been created following consultation in 2015  which asked people about the type of care they wanted for themselves and their loved ones at the end of their lives. The responses from that exercise have shaped the Charter, which will be launched at an event at STEAM on Thursday 12 May, and will be used as a tool to help local businesses and communities to better understand the needs of people with a life limiting illness, their family members and carers and people who are bereaved.  

 

Prospect Hospice, NHS Swindon CCG, Great Western Hospital, SEQOL, Swindon Carers, Public Health Swindon and Healthwatch Swindon joined forces last year as part of the national Dying Matters week, and the organisations have continued to work together to publish the Charter, to ensure that the care local people receive at the end of life reflects their wishes.  

The Dying Well Community Charter is based on five main principles in the care and support of people at the end of their lives. These are:

 

·         Recognition and respect

·         Communication

·         Involvement

·         Support

·         Help us plan and do