Charity Says 80% Northern Irish Want To Die At Home

Nearly four out of five Ulster people would want to be cared for at home if terminally ill, but the majority still die in hospital, new research said.

A report by Marie Curie Cancer Care revealed that 78% of people questioned said they’d prefer to stay at home, with just over 70% of those saying they would be happiest there.

While 85% of those in Ulster are aware that dying at home is an option, only 12% think this care comes free.

The Marie Curie Delivering Choice Programme shows that by redesigning palliative care services, more people can be helped by the charity to die at home.

Maeve Hully, caring services manager Northern Ireland, said: “There is no reason why, for the vast majority of people, pain cannot be managed at home.”

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