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New guidelines hoped to improve end of life care for dementia patients

New guidelines hoped to improve end of life care for dementia patients
16th August 2012

The release of new guidelines on end of life care is hoped to improve the experience for those with dementia.

NHS watchdog National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has drawn up a strategy that will require local authorities and health trusts to allow those with dementia to discuss their options at an earlier juncture, The Telegraph reported.

This is hoped to enable people to communicate their end of life wishes while they still have the capacity.

The changes follow the release of research showing that only a few Britons have stated their wishes on how they want to be treated should they be terminally ill.

Although nobody wants to think about their death, it is a certainty and must be dealt with.

Commenting on the proposals, Sam Turner of the National Council for Palliative Care told the newspaper: "This is a very good thing. People don’t like having end of life care conversations full stop, it is a difficult subject to discuss and they are even less likely to have those conversations with people with dementia."

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