End of Life Dignity

An insightful blog following on from last week’s Dying Awareness theme

The Reluctant Blogger

This week, one of the big news stories was a report from the Parliamentary and Health Services Ombudsman (PHSO) about an issue where too many patients were dying without dignity. http://www.ombudsman.org.uk/about-us/news-centre/press-releases/2015/too-many-people-dying-without-dignity,-ombudsman-service-report-finds

This really resonated with me. I’ve recently read Atul Gawande’s fabulous book on Being Mortal, where he outlines a societal problem across the richer nations where we are so focused on fixing health, that we seem unable to acknowledge and address the different needs of the dying. Instead, we continue to focus on futile heroics, rather than stepping back and considering what is needed to make people happy at the end of their lives. He spoke to the experts from Older People specialists to Hospice Care specialists to help explain the difference, and why a change in focus was so important at the end of life.

I can remember vividly the last year of my beloved Aunt’s life. She…

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