HEALTH chiefs have drawn up a new questionnaire to gauge views on the ‘end of life’ care strategy for people in the Isle of Man.
However, Health Minister David Anderson MHK was circumspect on what funds would be available for any new strategies and it may be a case of a ‘tweak’ to the existing policy.
The questionnaire will invite views in a number of areas relating to end of life care, such as where people would choose to die, who they would like with them, determining how common it is for families to have talked about what they want when they die, and such questions as have wills been made, have the funeral plans been made, and what care needs do people have?
It is hoped that the work will start to reduce the taboo around what is a difficult topic.
The information from the questionnaire will be used to identify the gaps in care and how these can be addressed.
It is hoped that the information gathered from the questionnaires – which are to be distributed in doctors’ surgeries, at chemists, at commissioners, in libraries, at Crookall House, at the Sea Terminal and at Noble’s Hospital – will benefit not only those nearing the end of their lives but also their families.
The End of Life Care Project is a two-year government scheme which is funded by Macmillan Cancer Support with the aim of producing an Isle of Man End of Life Care Strategy at the end of 2012.