Colleagues from Barts Health, Macmillan Cancer Support, Healthwatch Waltham Forest and Alzheimer’s society joined NELFT at the Dementia Hub on Sidmouth Road, Waltham Forest this week this as part of Dying matters week. Partners and the local community were welcomed to the Dementia Hub on Sidmouth Road, Waltham Forest to gather information and join the discussion around facilitating the wishes of those people approaching the end of their life and the wishes of the people they love. They were also invited to share their experiences of end of life care and suggest what they felt made the difference.
A video of the Bounce Back Boy https://www.rcn.org.uk/clinical-topics/end-of-life-care/bounce-back-boy was shown to attendees and was followed by a discussion about the importance of talking with loved ones and carers at what is a distressing time, and that there is help available to support the coordination of care, providing signposting and navigation to ensure families and carers receive appropriate compassionate care at the time they need it, and in their preferred place.
Carolyn Doyle, Senior Programme Lead, End of Life Care, Waltham Forest ICS and Honorary Lecturer, City University, thanked all those for attending and spoke of building on the foundations of this event to grow in the future.
Dying Matters is a national week of raising awareness, all intended to encourage people to think about and discuss what they would like at the end of their life.
There has been a vast amount of activity on twitter #AreYouReady, check it out to see what else has been happening across the trust and fellow providers.