If you been told your health may not improve or you have a life limiting illness, you may be offered palliative or end of life care. The healthcare professionals caring for you will offer to talk to you (and anyone else you would like to be involved) about what this means for you.
The aim of palliative care is to maximise your quality of life by treating and relieving the symptoms and side effects of your illness, combined with supporting you and your family or carer practically and emotionally.
Palliative and end of life care can be provided in a variety of places including your home or care home, in a hospice or hospital. Your care will be provided by a range of health and social care staff, depending on your personal needs and medical condition. Your needs will be assessed, and advice will be provided about the right kind of care for you.
If you have particularly complex needs, specialist palliative care services can provide support wherever you receive your care. This could involve a specialist palliative care doctor, nurse or therapist often providing advice alongside the person’s own care team.
Whichever services are providing care, the aim is to work together with you and the people important to you to provide the right care, at the right time, in the right place. This involves sharing information about your wishes and care needs, wherever possible.
Palliative care services in Leeds
Visit the following websites for further information about palliative care services in Leeds by clicking on the links below:
Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
St. Gemma’s Hospice
Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice
Leeds City Council Adults and Health
Leeds City Council Palliative Care
Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust
Further information and support
Visit the websites below for further information and support for you and your family:
Dying Matters Leeds
Leeds Bereavement Forum
Medications out of hours
Money Advice Service
NHS continuing healthcare
Planning ahead for end of life
Talking to children
Who can act on my behalf when I am no longer able?
Sue Ryder Care Online Community Chatroom