Sunday 4 December 2016

Terminally ill worry about 'planning for future'

Published 14/06/2016 | 02:30

Caring for a sick person
Caring for a sick person

More than two thirds of people with palliative care needs have said that planning for the future is their biggest worry.

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More than one in two felt frustrated or helpless, and 51pc said their emotional and psychological needs were not met.

The findings are contained in the Let's Talk About Palliative Care Survey report and follows a survey coordinated by the All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care.

The study also showed that avoidance of talking about the issues, or information given too little or too late increases frustration and helplessness.

Conversely, clear and sensitive communication increases the feeling of being supported.

Anne Molloy of the Institute's service user, carer, community group, Voices4Care, said: "The survey shows that we must encourage people to exercise personal choice through the timely provision of accessible and appropriate information on palliative and end of life care."

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