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WHATCompassion in Dying is a national charity that supports people at the end of life to have what they consider to be a good death by providing information and support around their rights and choices.
WHYTo provide those near the end-of-life, and their caregivers and families with access to end-of-life care information and support that is appropriate for their unique situation.
WHERECompassion in Dying.
United Kingdom.

Program Description

"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

Watch End of Life Care Documentaries


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