Most people would prefer to die at home but fear they would not be able to access expert care, a survey has revealed.
Although 62% of people wish to die at home, only 22% of people are able to.
Research released by community and home healthcare specialists Sue Ryder Care showed that only 27% of people polled believed they could have a pain-free death at home.
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said the results raise “considerable concern”.
Janet Davies, RCN executive director of nursing and service delivery agreed that “too often” people are not able to access expert advice and care.
She said: “It is particularly distressing that many people who are dying are brought to hospital out of hours and against their wishes.
“There is only one chance to get this right. Not only is this crucial to the experience of the individual, but it can be a source of help and comfort to their loved ones in the days to come.”
Sue Ryder’s chief executive, Paul Woodward said: ““Everyone deserves a pain-free death, in the place of their choosing and to be surrounded by loved ones.
“Not only do services like this need to be much more widespread, but health professionals also need to provide more information about end of life care options to ensure people can die pain free in the care setting of their choice, including at home.”
Both Sue Ryder and the RCN have called on commissioners to invest in community nursing to avoid “unnecessary distress” for patients.