Palliative & End of Life Care Explained
Are you caring for someone nearing the end of their life? If this person is living in an aged care home the staff will ensure they are as comfortable as possible. Furthermore they will be given every support. This can be done by developing an individual care plan. This plan will assist the patient, their family members and carers.
This customised plan should cover the following:
- Pain and other symptoms management.
- Advice concerning emotional and spiritual support and how this might be provided.
- Indicate how cultural support might be provided.
- Assist family members in the decision-making process
- Outline care options.
- Explain to all those involved what they might expect.
- Explain the help the staff can offer through the bereavement process.
Furthermore, nursing support and pain management will be available from staff. Should extra nursing support be required, you may be able to pay for additional hours of assistance.
Additional, expert care
If the person nearing the end of their life needed additional care which was not available, they might need to move. In that case, the resident agreement they entered into will provide that information. Depending upon the terms negotiated therein at the beginning of the residency, several options might apply. The person themselves may need to make the decision, in consultation with their Physician. However, if this is just a temporary hospital stay, the home will need to keep their place available for their return.
In the case of a patient suffering an advanced illness, they may have little or no prospect of recovery. In this situation, aged care homes can offer palliative care. This type of care aims to achieve the best possible quality of life, for the patient, their family and carers.
The person best able to help a patient nearing the end of their life is their carer. They will know their last wishes and requirements. Therefore they can pass on this information to the staff. Combined, their efforts will ensure the patient is made as comfortable as possible.
If you are a carer and you need further information you should call My Aged Care on 1800 200 422.
For more information visit the Australian Government’s My Aged Care Website’s Palliative Care resources here (https://www.myagedcare.gov.au/end-life-care/palliative-care)