Palliative care identifies and treats symptoms, which may be physical, emotional, spiritual or social. It wasn’t until the final hours of Sue McKeough’s life that her husband Alan Bevan was able to find her end-of-life care. Sue had fallen into a coma weeks prior, but Mr Bevan, 68, felt he was the only one responsible for his wife’s care. "Up to that point, there were no specialists there. It seemed that it was just me caring for her," he said. "I obviously knew that she was gravely ill, but I wasn’t entirely sure what the prognosis was." Sue was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease at 49 and died just five years later in a nursing home. "But in my experience, that wasn’t the case." Despite attempts through Sue’s nursing home and GP, Mr Bevan wasn’t able to find his wife a palliative care specialist — someone who has expertise in […]