There are 3 key touch points between palliative care services and dementia care
Advance care planning in the early stages when people still have capacity. Many hospices do offer support for these essential conversations about future wishes and preferences for care.
During the last days when palliative care teams can support difficult ethical decisions and symptom management. These are often related to feeding and agitation. Some hospices also offer respite admission to support carers and families.
- Throughout the illness, hospices and palliative care teams can signpost to services to support family carers with co-ordination of care, practical and emotional support.
Where else to get support and advice
On our Caring at home - practical tips page we have compiled a list of highly recommended resources on how to manage every day tasks (such as helping someone to wash) through to how to approach difficult practical issues in the last days (such as eating and drinking).
Marie Curie have a one page summary for clinicians on key issues when caring for patients with dementia towards the end of life - such as pain and nutrition.
Some hospices in North West London offer advance care planning groups or respite admission to support carers and families. Please see the service directory.
Dementia UK. Admiral Nurses can provide information, advice and support with any aspect of dementia.
The Alzheimer's Society offer practical help and emotional support to people living with dementia and their carers.