Specialist care - End of life care

Supporting people who are nearing the end of life to maintain the best quality of life possible, to remain in control and to minimize suffering.

My husband wanted to die at home but the nurse convinced me that he would be better cared for in the hospice. I regret that decision now, I feel guilty, he had no choice or control at the end

End of life care in practice

For more information on end of life care see SCIE's guide to Dying well at home.

What others are doing – ideas you could use

Care Quality Commission - what the regulator says

The CQC is the independent regulator for health and social care services. They have set out Essential Standards of Quality and Safety (CQC, 2010) for all those registered to provide health and social care services. There are 28 outcomes relating to the different aspects of care provision.

End of life care and dignity – key points from research and policy

Key points: