Care in the last days and hours of life with dementia

I don’t want my mother to die alone. I want her to be comfortable and to die with dignity.

A daughter of a person with dementia.

Key messages

  • Dying is a natural part of life, and it is important to plan well for the last few days and hours of life.
  • People with dementia should be able to die in comfort, and we can do a lot to help manage symptoms.
  • The support we offer at this time must be in keeping with a person’s wishes, their spiritual views, culture and life history.
  • Family and friends will need emotional support too, and timely and accurate information.