Many people who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness prefer to spend their last days, weeks or months at home. Everyone facing life-threatening illness will need some degree of supportive care in addition to treatment for their condition. In some cases this could involve 24 hour care, which inevitably also places a huge strain on the carer, who could be a family member or friend.
For the patient and the carer, there are several support networks to provide essential practical and emotional help.
- Your own General Practitioner (GP)
- District nurse
- Macmillan nurse
- Palliative care nurse
- Social services