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End-of-life care will be the focus at special event

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End-of-life care will be the focus at special event

The importance of planning for the final chapters of life will be the focus of a special information evening.

Our Hospice and Ashtons Legal are joining forces to promote to anyone with an interest in caring for the elderly the importance of end-of-life care planning.

The free event – Lifetime Planning for End-of-Life Care – will take place at the Burton Centre, in Haverhill, on Wednesday 28 September.  The key-note address will be given by Lynn Wicks, partner at Ashtons Legal and Solicitor for the Elderly.

Lynn said: “Postponing the preparation of a will or lasting powers of attorney can be a false economy.  It is much more complicated, stressful and costly to organise someone’s affairs once they lose the mental capacity to make their own decisions.  The key is to plan ahead!”

The event is for anyone with an interest in end-of-life care. This could include financial advisers, care home owners and managers, leaders of groups offering support to the elderly, anyone caring for, or likely to have to care for, elderly relatives, and anyone interested in planning for their own end-of-life care.

Nick Duncan, our Legacy Officer, said: “It is easy to set aside thinking about end-of-life care, whether for ourselves or a family member, for another day. We hope this event will encourage people to take action at an early stage by highlighting best practice and the complications that can arise if nothing is done until it’s too late.

“Whether you have questions about making a will, creating powers of attorney or paying for care for yourself or for others, please come along on Wednesday 28 September. Although the event is free, places are limited so it’s essential to book.”

The event, which will be chaired by the Hospice’s Chief Executive Barbara Gale, will also cover advance directives and financial and welfare deputyships, as well as how the Hospice supports care homes providing end-of-life care for their residents.

Delegates will hear from Senior Hospice Nurse and Clinical Educator Sally Coldrey, and Legacy Officer Nick Duncan, both from St Nicholas Hospice Care. There will be a chance to ask questions and talk to the presenters afterwards.

The event is scheduled to start at 6.15pm and finish at 9pm, with refreshments available on arrival from 5.45pm.

Spaces are limited. If you wish to book a place please click here for more information or contact Nick Duncan on 01284 715559 or email nick.duncan@stnh.org.uk.