In Your Own Time: A Guide for Patients and Their Carers Facing a Last Illness at Home

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Oxford University Press, 2002 - Medical - 251 pages
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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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Contents

How long have I got? Hope
7
decisions Complementary
20
The key worker The district
39
The home care specialist
52
Other specialist nurses
56
Why hospital? Which hospital?
82
How do you feel about hospices?
99
Denial Anger Bargaining
116
What influences our symptoms?
159
Sleeplessness
166
Mouth care
174
Drug treatment Pain requiring
184
Difficulty breathing
190
Loss of bowel control
197
Cannabis
203
CHAPTER
205

Shared concerns of patient
133
Carers concerns
142
Practical concerns
152
Checklist of Statutory
219
specific organizations
233
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Dr. Liz Lee has spent many years helping those with terminal illnesses. The book draws heavily on her own experience.

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