Aged care providers need to be open about the end-of-life services they can and can’t provide and refer elsewhere when necessary, writes Larissa McIntyre.
The new quality standards require aged care services to include advance care and end-of-life planning according to individual consumers’ preferences.
It is time we were all a lot more ageing and death literate, writes Rosie Bonnin.
Aged care’s palliative care evidence and practice resource centre has developed two new resources to help aged care nurses and care workers provide quality end-of-life care.
More than two thirds of older Australians have not left any formal instructions about their end of life care for when they are unable to make their own medical decisions, and half have left no directions at all, new research has found.
Australia’s “death doulas” are taking the first steps towards becoming an incorporated national body and hope to gain accreditation over the next year, as they seek an established role in the palliative care process.
Advocates for community-based approaches to palliative care say the launch of a new “practice forum” and digital resource hub will help improve end-of-life care.
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.