Report shows number of people dying at home and in care homes has increased since 2008.
Public Health England’s National End of Life Care Intelligence Network has published a new report , What we know now. It shows a significant growth in the number of people are dying at home or in care homes, which in 2008 was 38%, but has increased to 44% for the 2012 figures. This shows more people who want to die at home are getting their wishes met.
The report, which gathers a wide range of data from across the statutory and voluntary sectors, also notes significant local variations in the numbers of hospital deaths.
Speaking in response to the publication of ‘What we know now 2013’ Eve Richardson, Chief Executive of the National Council for Palliative Care and the Dying Matters Coalition said:
“Understanding how and where people die, and the range of services and support available, is essential if we are to ensure compassionate and dignified end of life care is available for us all in the place we want to be, whether that is our own home, care home or supported housing, in a hospice or in hospital. That’s why this report, which also includes findings from recent National Council for Palliative Care and Dying Matters research, is so important and why it should be required reading for all those involved in commissioning, providing and shaping end of life care.
Although very welcome improvements in end of life care continue to be made, there remain some very real challenges, especially in ensuring that all people, whoever they are, whatever their needs and wherever they live, are able to get the end of life care that is right for them.”