Making a decision about end of life care can be difficult and upsetting for all the family. Yet the truth is that selecting the right kind of end of life care can give a patient dignity, and comfort during their remaining days as well as providing support to their loved ones during this difficult time.

It is a good idea to make advance plans for the end of life care, if possible. If you or a relative has a terminal illness or is coming to the end of life, it is time to start thinking about what is called "advanced care planning". This means that you consider and discuss your or your relative's wishes for how you or they are cared for in the final months of life. You can also get the best rest homes in Auckland.

It is an especially good idea to carry out advance planning in the case of conditions that may deteriorate to the extent that the patient may not be able to make or discuss any decisions in the future. A good example here is dementia, where those living with the condition know that they will reach a point at which they will be unable to think or communicate satisfactorily. Although it may be painful to do so, it is worth doing advanced care planning whilst the disease is in its mid-stages.

Many people associate end of life care with care homes. Whilst care homes are a good, and even necessary option for some elderly people during their remaining weeks or days, they are not the only option available.

Many elderly people, quite understandably, are reticent to leave their homes. You can choose a live-in professional carer, who can provide expert care around the clock and really make a difference to those remaining days of an individual's life.