"COMPASSION IN DYING"
"We are the leading provider of free Advance Decisions in the UK and we also conduct and review research into rights and choices in end-of-life care."
Compassion in Dying has a free confidential End-of-Life Rights Information Line to answer questions about your end-of-life rights and choices and provides support to help talk through options for care and treatment. The helpline deals with questions such as:
- Who makes the decisions about my end-of-life care and treatment?
- How can I make sure my healthcare decisions will be respected if I lose mental capacity?
- Which treatments can I refuse or request?
- How can I make sure that the relevant people are aware of my wishes?
- What if my wishes aren't respected?
- How do I represent a loved one who is unable to make decisions?
- What do I do if I am concerned about the treatment my loved one is receiving?
Compassion in Dying aims to support people to plan what they consider to be 'a good death' by:
-Providing up-to-date information about end-of-life rights and choices under UK law.
-Supporting people to ensure their wishes can be respected.
-Reviewing research into rights and choices in end-of-life care.
The End-of-life Rights Advocacy (ELRA) Project by Compassion in Dying and Age UK East London provides the aged with free end-of-life care information and advocacy to ensure that their end-of-life wishes are respected.
Volunteers and advocates can help the elderly plan ahead before one may lose cognitive ability to make or communicate decisions.
Volunteers can help the elderly with:
- Advance Decisions (also known as Living Wills)
- Lasting Powers of Attorney (giving someone you trust the power to make treatment decisions for you)
- General end-of-life rights and options
- Having the ‘kind of death you want’
Compassion in Dying provides several helpful end-of-life guides along with fact and information sheets including:
-End-of-life Rights - a guide to your rights at the end-of-life
-Advanced Decisions forms and guides
-Lasting Powers of Attorney
-Advance Decision toolkit for health professionals - a free Advance Decision toolkit for doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals, which explores healthcare professionals’ obligations under the Mental Capacity Act
-Caregivers Support - caregivers are provided detailed information of what they can do to assist a loved one nearing the end-of-life