Caring at the End

Over time as an illness progresses, you may need to provide more care. Symptoms may change in frequency and severity. There may be new symptoms. Being free of symptoms like pain and nausea is important. Doctors and nurses can help you in managing any change in symptoms. It may also help if you talk to a doctor about any things that are worrying you.

As someone approaches the end of their life they may become more drowsy. They may become detached from reality, or unaware of what is happening around them. They may be less interested in eating and drinking. They may need changes in medications. There may be more visits from health professionals. Your caring role will change as the person becomes less able to do things for themself.

The doctor or nurse can explain to you what these changes mean. They can talk about what stage has been reached. It may help you to keep in touch with the nurses and other health professionals. They can provide you with support and guidance. This can help you to feel less alone. They can also talk about how you can manage any particular caring matters. This may help to avoid an unplanned ambulance call. It could avoid hospital admission or an Emergency Department visit.

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Last updated 14 February 2017