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End of Life Care

 

End of life care helps all those with advanced, progressive, incurable illness to live as well as possible until they die. It enables the supportive and palliative care needs of both patient and family to be identified and met throughout the last phase of life and into bereavement.

Here at Wirral University Teaching Hospital we are committed to achieving our vision of providing the best possible care for people at the end of their lives.

 

Bereavement servicesThe Bereavement Services aims to ensure that the families of patients who have passed away in our hospital are cared for from the point of losing their loved one.

Chaplaincy – Chaplains from all the main Christian churches, assisted by teams of volunteers, are available to everyone - staff, patients and visitors.  They are part of the Hospital staff and care about the welfare of everyone in the Hospital - whether of any religion or none.  They have time to spend with anyone who needs to talk or would appreciate support.  Anything said to them is treated in strict confidence. 

You can find more information about End of Life Care at this link

DS1500

DS1500 needs to be completed by a doctor or specialist nurse to support a claim for an application under ‘special rules’ and forwarded to the Department of Work & Pensions (DWP).

Useful Documents

 

DS1500 needs to be completed by a doctor or specialist nurse to support a claim for an application under ‘special rules’ and forwarded to the Department of Work & Pensions (DWP).

Special rules is a term used by DWP  to indicate that prognosis may be short (approximately 6-12 months) as a result of health issues such as advanced cancer, end- stage neurological disease, end stage heart failure, end stage respiratory disease, dementia, frailty. 

Under special rules, a patient can claim for a benefit (in this case Personal Independence Payment (PIP) or Attendance Allowance) immediately, without the need for a physical assessment. This is quite a significant amount of money (£139 pw if under 65 and £82 pw if over 65) that is non means tested and can make a real difference to patient in the last months of life. The application cannot be back dated and applies from when the application is made.

 

For the PIP supporting letter please click here 

For the DLA supporting letter born before 8th April 1948 please click here

For the AA supporting letter please click here

For the Claiming Personal Independence Payment or Attendance Allowance under ‘Special Rules’ (DS1500) leaflet please click here

Claiming Benefits Under Special Rules(DS1500 process)

DS1500 Training Video

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