Right care in the last year of life
For many people, lung disease will not be curable and symptoms, like breathlessness, pain and cough, can create increasing problems towards the end of life.
People want to hear from those who care for them about what they can expect in terms of quality of life and possible disease progression.
If your wish is to die at home, it is possible to make arrangements to enable you to do so. You will need the support of your family, carers and medical professionals. You must tell these people of your wish early on.”Divya Malde, whose mother died at home
Breathlessness can be a frightening and restricting symptom that many people with life limiting illness experience. We help them to understand this symptom and empower them by teaching strategies to cope with it more effectively.”Kate Norman, Physiotherapist at St Christopher’s Hospice
Dr Morag Farquhar, University of East Anglia
Patients with lung disease rarely see specialists in palliative or end of life care, partly because predicting a prognosis is challenging in lung disease – so all health care professionals need knowledge in end of life issues”