Good end-of-life care is based on the understanding that death is inevitable and a natural part of life. The final stage in a person’s life is a uniquely important time for the dying person, their family and close friends.
The goals of end-of-life care are many:
- to maintain the comfort, choices, and quality of life of a person who is recognised to be dying (in the terminal phase);
- to care for the psychosocial and spiritual needs of themselves and their families.
- Support for families, if needed, continues after death as bereavement care.
- End-of-life care also aims to reduce inappropriate and burdensome healthcare interventions and to offer a choice of place of care when possible.