Dying Matters

This Dying Matters Awareness Week we’d like to acknowledge colleagues in Taunton for the support they provided to a person at the end of his life.

An extract from an email received from Somerset CCG reads:

‘I can only congratulate you all on the way that [name] received his end of life care….It is so important that people with a learning disability are enabled to be cared for by people that know them well and in an environment they feel comfortable in. This was achieved by you all with the help of a good supportive health network around [name] and the team. It is practice that we see as holding the principles of reasonable adjustments and good quality care. You were all his family, and most important people in his life, and in his last days of life.’

And in response, these words from our MD Helen:

“Supporting someone to have a good death is a very sad but in some respects inevitable aspect of the support that we provide. Being there for a person at the end of their life is invariably tinged with sadness, but in my experience, often brings forth the best of humanity. I really don’t need to look too far to see the best of humanity amongst us here at Discovery.”

Helen Orford, Managing Director

You can find information on ‘Preparing for loss’ here