£390,244 for the Lambeth Advance Care Planning Consortium

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£390,244 for the Lambeth Advance Care Planning Consortium

Project partners include: Age UK Lambeth, Alzheimer’s Society Lambeth, Ask Erwin, Carers Hub Lambeth, Compassion in Dying, Healthwatch, Lambeth Learning Disability Assembly, St Chrisopher’s Hospice and Stockwell Partnership.

Published 29/7/19

£390,244 grant to help Lambeth residents plan their future care wishes

This month a substantial grant from the National Lottery Community Fund has been awarded to a project we are part of. It will help people in Lambeth plan ahead and record their future care wishes.

The Lambeth Advance Care Planning Consortium, led by Compassion in Dying and Healthwatch Lambeth, has been granted £390,244 for a three-year project that brings local organisations together to make advance care planning more accessible for the borough’s diverse communities.

Advance care planning

Advance care planning enables you to record how you would like to be cared for at the end of your life, or if you weren’t able to communicate or make your own decisions.

What’s advance care planning?

Advance care planning enables you to think about and record how you would like to be treated and cared for at the end of your life, or if you could no longer communicate or make your own decisions – for example someone living with advanced dementia.

Planning ahead can include identifying what is important to you, such as where you’d like to be cared for, any spiritual or religious beliefs, everyday preferences like diet and music, as well as recording any life-prolonging treatments you may not want to receive in certain situations. 

Why is it important to plan ahead?

Research shows that recording treatment and care wishes provides peace of mind in the present. It also results in care that better reflects people’s wishes, leads to fewer unwanted treatments and hospital admissions, and improves access to palliative care. 

It can also make things easier for your family friends and professionals, ensuring that they can understand what you want and respect your wishes. 

Local GP Raj Mitra who is part of the consortium said:

“It’s a good idea to make an advance care plan so that people involved in your care know what’s important to you.  It is great news that we have been awarded National Lottery funding so that more people in Lambeth are able to make an advance care plan.”

A wall full of people's bucket list wishes, at the Before I die tent at Lambeth Country show 2019, run by advance Care planning consortium

In the ‘Before I die’ tent at the Lambeth Country Show 2019, explored what really matters to them by sharing their bucket list dreams and considering how they’d like to be cared for.

What we’re doing in Lambeth

So far, we have run a range of activities with the consortium, including death cafes, workshops and the ‘Before I Die’ tent at Lambeth Country Show this year.

The new project will include more awareness raising events across Lambeth, as well as a new one-to-one support service which will be available from winter 2019/20.  

The service is particularly designed for older people, unpaid carers, those with long-term conditions including dementia and learning disabilities, and Lambeth’s sizeable Portuguese-speaking communities.  Lambeth residents will be able to request the support through Age UK Lambeth’s safe and independent living service (SAIL).

Usha Grieve, Director of Partnerships and Information at Compassion in Dying, says:

“We are delighted that the Consortium has been awarded this grant. We look forward to working with our local partners to get the people of Lambeth talking about death and dying and to support them to plan ahead for the end of life.”

>>Stay posted about the project here<<

Some of people's bucket list wishes, at the Before I die tent at Lambeth Country show 2019, run by advance Care planning consortium

 

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