PRimage fully endorse the view from the leading cancer charity, Marie Curie Cancer Care, that the NHS must put more resources into enabling the terminally ill to die at home. The charity has carried out a pilot scheme in Lincolnshire, in which people were offered the choice, and resulted in a dramatic increase in home deaths. We believe it is vital that the key features of the charity’s pilot scheme are adopted and incorporated into a new end of life strategy currently being drawn up.
Judy Viitanen nursed her husband with terminal cancer – and has first hand experience of the great support that the charity provides to families who are caring for a dying relative at home. Yes, patients can ask to die at home, but the sad reality is that often local healthcare resources don’t always permit this. According to Marie Curie research an estimated 64% of patients want to die in their own homes, cared by their families, but in fact only 25% do so. This situation has to change!