Too many people approaching death are forced to spend long periods of time in hospital due to a lack of social care or alternative support options in their community.
This report, from a range of bodies, including Marie Curie, MacMillan Cancer Support and Sue Ryder, highlights a range of widespread failures in care for dying people. It reveals that some people at the end of life are unable to get access to social care for help with everyday tasks such as washing and changing clothes, and many families are being left without professional advice on how to care for their dying relative. These factors can result in people being admitted to hospital as an emergency. It argues that a lack of support for people at home is putting extra pressure on an already overstretched NHS.
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