Palliative care needs, services and resources in residential aged care are the focus of a $15 million project involving a consortium of national agencies including provider representatives.
Sydney North Primary Health Network will report to a national PHN meeting in September about its major project now underway with HammondCare to provide quality end-of-life education and training for staff working in residential aged care.
Palliative and end-of-life care in residential facilities improves residents’ quality of life and saves public money through reduced use of ambulance and hospital services, but take up remains low, new economic analysis shows.
Aged care workers are being encouraged to inform themselves and those they care for about end-of-life planning ahead of a national day promoting conversations on death and dying.
Aged care facilities in rural areas often struggle the most to access specialist care but Corangamarah Residential Aged Care in rural Victoria is being supported by local and regional palliative services.
At Micare’s Avondrust Lodge in Melbourne, palliative care is part of the first discussions a prospective new resident has with the aged care facility.
Family carers of people living with dementia often aren’t made aware of palliative and end-of-life care services and supports. Megan Stoyles tells the story of one couple who has been affected.
The evidence supporting community-based palliative and end-of-life care is growing and health and aged care providers should work to support existing community networks, an international expert says.
A grassroots campaign of care professionals and services is pushing to embed community-based palliative care in Australia to provide more inclusive end-of-life care – and they say aged care providers have a key role to play.
Without a funding lifeline, Tasmania’s palliative care peak body will close its doors next week, ending its state-wide training and education services that include professional development for aged care.
Australia’s peak doctors group has urged governments to increase funding for quality end of life care and nationally consistent palliative care services in Australia.
Almost one in 11 residents who died in their aged care facility were transferred to hospital and returned home in the week prior to their death, according to a new study
AUDIO: Familiarity is important in palliative care for people with dementia and as an individual’s dementia advances, change should be avoided and stimuli reduced, says an expert in end-of-life care for older people.
The importance of palliative care in residential and community aged care, and its role in ensuring person-centered care, will be discussed at an upcoming conference.