In Your Own Time: A Guide for Patients and Their Carers Facing a Last Illness at Home
Anyone suffering from a terminal illness faces huge challenges, not only emotionally nad physically, but also in the range of practical decisions they need to make. 'In your own time' guides the patient through the choices that exist in the current system of medical care, helping them decide on the kind of care they want, and where they receive it- in the hospice or the home. It includes chpaters on coming to terms with their situation, the help available to them at home, how to choose between a hospice and home, and advice on coping witht the inevitable feelings and emotions of both patient and carer. Written by a GP with extensive experience in this area, the book is unique in presenting both a compassionate and practical guide for anyone affected by serious illness, one that will empower them with the information they need to maintain the highest possible quality of life in their final days.
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