dying

One chance to get it right: improving people's experience of care in the last few days and hours of life

Document that sets out the approach to caring for dying people that health and care organisations and staff caring for dying people in England should adopt in future.

Ways and means

Research that highlights the following key messages:

Dying well at home: the case for integrated working

This guide is about enabling people who want to die at home to do so and improving the quality of care they receive. In the context of this guide, ‘home’ means the place where a person usually lives. This includes ‘extra care’, sheltered housing accommodation and tenancy-based accommodation such as supported living, but not care homes. The guide is aimed at practitioners and managers supporting people with end of life care needs across the health, social care and housing sectors.

Life after 80 (Radio 4 series: The seven ages of humanity)

Four Radio 4 programmes in a series about the health and wellbeing of the seven ages of humanity. These four programmes explore life experiences and issues for people in their eighties.

A guide to cultural and spiritual awareness

This resource offers general useful advice on the diversity between different cultures and religions. It focuses on the ways in which different cultures think about issues such as personal care, family planning, childbirth, medical intervention, as well as death and dying.

End of Life Care Strategy : promoting high quality care for all adults at the end of life

Document explaining the End of Life Care Strategy for England which aims to improve the provision of care for all adults at the end of life, as well as their families and carers.

Living with death and dying

This resource is one of the units on the Open University's OpenLearn website, which provides free and open educational resources for learners and educators around the world. This unit will explore how knowledge and beliefs about death and encounters with death affect people’s lives. It will also examine the concept of a ‘good death’ from an individual perspective in order to enhance the quality of dying.

Building on firm foundations : improving end of life care in care homes : examples of innovative practice

Document containing a number of case studies exemplifying innovative practice in end of life care taking place in care homes in England. The case studies illustrate how employing new approaches to end of life care can help to improve the quality of care, cut unnecessary hospital admissions and ensure more people end their lives in the place and manner of their choosing.