Dying Matters Week: Being ‘In A Good Place To Die’
Opening up the conversation around what it means to be #InAGoodPlace to die
Where people die is changing. More and more people have been dying at home in recent years. And the pandemic has seen this number leap by tens of thousands.
We know that when asked, more than four in five people in this country say they would prefer to die at home, but we don’t know enough about what the reality of this looks like. We have very little evidence about the quality of these deaths, and whether the right care and support was in place. The quality of care for some people at the end of their life is still not good enough.
Of course though, Weldmar Hospicecare is there for those people in Dorset who are diagnosed as being in the last year of their life, and they have the support of our nurses, doctors, therapists, and family support services, both at home, at our Inpatient Unit in Dorchester, and Day Services across the county.
We have set up the Weldmar at Home Appeal so that patients who want to die at home, in the comfort of familiar surroundings, can do, supported by a Weldmar at Home Health Care Assistant in the last few weeks and days of their life.
There is no right or wrong place to die; it will be different for everyone. But it is important for families to think about it, to talk about it and to plan for it. Planning for death is more important than ever in a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has taken so many lives at such short notice, and in circumstances that are beyond our control.
We want people of all ages to be in a good place when they die – physically, emotionally and with the right care in place. Getting there means having some important conversations, and taking some careful decisions. Make sure that you and your loved ones are in a good place to die – join the Dying Matters movement. Led by Hospice UK, the Dying Matters campaign aims to create an open culture that talks about death and where people feel able to listen and support those who are planning for end of life, who are dying and who have been bereaved. We want to break the stigma around death, to challenge preconceptions and to normalise public openness around death and dying.