We’re human, we don’t live in isolation. Our health and our illnesses are linked to our communities and our environment. Those of us who are well connected generally live longer and happier lives.
There is an emerging sense that in order to improve healthcare at the end of life, we must improve communication and this needs to be within people’s own networks. The reasons for focusing resources on improving end-of-life communication range from improving people’s networks, patient satisfaction, aligning care with patients’ wishes, to reducing stress among caregivers and alleviating anxiety from family members.
The purpose of our Public Engagement work is to help the people of Ireland be able to talk more confidently about dying, death and bereavement and to have good quality information in order to make plans for their end of life.