Dying Matters Awareness Week (08/05 – 14/05) is an annual event that takes place in the UK to raise awareness about the importance of talking about death, dying, and bereavement. The event encourages people to have open and honest conversations about these topics to help reduce fear, stigma, and isolation.
In the care sector, talking about dying and death is an essential part of providing compassionate and person-centred care. It is important for care workers to understand the wishes and preferences of their patients or clients, especially when it comes to end-of-life care.
During Dying Matters Awareness Week, care workers can engage in conversations with their patients or clients to help them plan for their end-of-life care. This may include discussing their preferences for palliative care, pain management, and spiritual care.
Care workers can also support their patients or clients in making advance care plans, which are legal documents that outline their preferences for medical treatment and care if they are unable to make decisions for themselves.
Having open and honest conversations about dying and death can help alleviate fears and anxieties, both for patients or clients and their families. It can also help care workers provide more compassionate and person-centred care by understanding their patients’ or clients’ needs and preferences.
Every Moment Counts
The theme for Dying Matters Awareness Week 2023 is “Every Moment Counts”. The theme emphasizes the importance of making the most of every moment, even during difficult times such as end-of-life care. It encourages us to focus on what matters most and to cherish the time we have with our loved ones.
In the care sector, every moment counts when it comes to providing compassionate and person-centred care. By engaging in conversations about dying and death, care workers can ensure that their patients or clients receive the care they need and deserve.
Find out more about getting involved on Hospice UK’s Website.
CareTutor offers a professionally filmed video-based eLearning course that will help to prepare care workers for dealing with the emotional and practical issues surrounding Death, Dying and Bereavement.
There are many important issues to consider when dealing with death in social care, the emotional aspects of coping with terminal illness and the death of service users.
Here are a few key topic areas covered:
- Attitudes to Death
- Reactions to Death
- Sudden Death
- Dealing with the Funeral Director
- Announcing the Death
- Ongoing Support
This course offers essential training to all staff in the Care Sector.
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