Most of us will die in old age, and currently many of us will not have been prompted or given the opportunity to reflect on our wishes regarding the end of our lives.
In society and healthcare today, death is often seen as a failure, and yet we will all die. The rise of single-organ specialism and technological healthcare has led to improvements in survival but also to people living for longer with multiple conditions. Sometimes the narrow view of specialism may lead to clues missed and to time and resources wasted in pursuit of the wrong goals.
The aim of this guidance is to support clinicians and others in considering the needs of and providing high quality care for frail older people as they move towards the end of their lives.
It aims to prompt and support timely discussions about preferences for care, ideally at a time which facilitates the input of the older person themselves.
We hope this guidance will provide practical advice to help those staff working with frail older patients so they can provide them with the best opportunity to live and die well.
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