Involving and supporting carers
The family - including children - close friends and informal
carers of people approaching the end of life have a vital role in
the provision of care. They should be closely involved in decision
making, with the recognition that they also have their own
They need information about the likely progress of the person's
condition and about the services that are available.
Carers may need practical and emotional support during the
person's life and after bereavement.
Carers have the right to have their own needs assessed and
reviewed and to have a carer's care plan.
The Carers Direct website includes this guide to carers'