Anyone suffering from a terminal illness faces huge challenges, not only emotionally and 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 chapters 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 with 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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Dr. Liz Lee has spent many years helping those with terminal illnesses. The book draws heavily on her own experience.
The author is both clear and honest . . . Overall . .. this book is a gem of communication in a difficult area. * Family Practice * I have no hesitation in recommending this book. * Nursing Standard * The book presents both a compassionate and practical guide for anyone affected by serious illness . . . If your care is inadequate you should feel confident to demand that it improves, and improves now, not next month or next year. Often, indeed usually, you just need to ask. But you need to know what to ask for. This book will help. * Oxford Times * The author . . . does not shrink from addressing gritty realities: sections include 'the uncaring doctor' and 'dying alone'. What gives the book the edge over similiar texts is its thoughtfulness. Facts are interspersed with personal accounts from those who have experienced and found solutions to their struggles . . . This book is about empowering people with the information they need to maintain the best possible quality of life in their final days. * Nursing Times *
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