End of life care
We aim to treat people with dignity and respect and, where possible, in their preferred place of care, and to ensure they receive high standards of care at the end of their life.
Who is it for?
End of Life care is for anyone with an advanced progressive illness, for example, people living with cancer or cardiovascular disease, neurological conditions and many more. This care includes the management of pain and other symptoms at the end of life as well as psychological, social and spiritual support to help achieve the best quality end of life care for patients and their families.
How much does it cost?
Towards the end of life the NHS takes over all care provision, but there will still be a cost for any social care services provided.
Who provides it?
Who provides the care depends upon the support required, this can be provided by a variety of different professionals including GPs, nurses, support workers, social workers and therapists. A team of nurses can also provide nursing care in the person's home. This gives carers a valuable break from their caring responsibilities.
The following support is available:
- Management of pain or symptoms
- Help to adjust to living with a terminal illness
- Information to help make decisions about care and treatment
- Advice on benefits and financial assistance
- Help dealing with spiritual questions.
NHS Enfield has a specialist care team offering symptom control, advice and emotional support for people with advanced progressive illness, and support to their families and friends.
Some care homes provide specialist end of life care.
Other Help Available
North London Hospice
North London Hospice is a registered charity and provides specialist end-of-life care to those with a potentially life-limiting illness living in the boroughs of Enfield , Barnet & Haringey. It also offers support to their families, friends and carers. Care takes place in patient’s homes where a team of nurses, doctors, physiotherapists and social workers provide expert support and advice or at the inpatient unit which offers help with pain control and care in the final days of life. Bereavement support is also offered up to 14 months after a patient has died.
The Hospice is opening additional facilities at Barrowell Green, Enfield in Spring 2012.
The National Council for Pallative Care
How to get in touch?
The starting point should be your own GP who will be able to access all the services available.
End of life care services aim to support people approaching the end of their life to live as well as possible until they die.
This page was last updated on 08-Feb-2013.