Elderly Home Care Provider Acknowledges Dying Matters Week

Tuesday, 15th May 2012

Published 15 May 2012.


Dying Matters Awareness Week is taking place from 14-21 May 2012 with the theme “Small Actions, Big Difference”. It is considered that by being more open about dying and taking small actions such as writing a will, signing up to become an organ donor or looking out for those who have been recently bereaved, we can all contribute to helping people live and die well.

Dying Matters is a Coalition established by the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) in 2009, which now includes organisations from across the NHS; voluntary and independent health and caresectors (e.g. hospices, care homes, charities caring for older people); social care and housing sectors; schools and colleges; trade unions and the legal profession. The aim of the Coalition is “to support changing knowledge, attitudes and behaviours towards death, dying and bereavement, and through this to make ‘living and dying well’ the norm”.

Released to coincide with Dying Matters Awareness Week, the Coalition recently commissioned a study which reveals that discussing dying and making end of life plans remains a taboo for many people, including doctors. The research found that although British people do have serious concerns about dying, only 27% of people have asked a relative about their end of life wishes and only 31% have talked to someone about their own end of life wishes. Just 37% of people have written a will, 31% have registered to become an organ donor or have a donor card and only 8% have written down their wishes or preferences, should they become unable to make these decisions themselves.

As the elderly population in the UK grows death is inevitably going to become an issue of greater importance. Although talking about death is not easy, the more we can do so the more chance we have of improving people’s chances of dying with their wishes being met.

About Carefound:

Carefound is a provider of specialist home care and dementia care services to elderly people in North Yorkshire, enabling clients to continue to live independently in the comfort of their own home whilst maintaining the highest quality of life achievable. Services provided include basic help in the home,companionship, personal care, medication help, post-operative rehabilitation, respite care and specialist help such as dementia care and palliative care. The flexible service ranges from 1 hour to 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, including bank holidays, and can also encompass 24-hour live-in care services. For more information please telephone 01423 774070 or visit www.carefound.co.uk.

Source: Dying Matters, Carefound.