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Palliative Care in Aged Care

As Australia’s population ages and the number of people entering aged care increases, the demand for end-of-life and palliative care is also increasing.

For most people entering a residential aged care facility it will be their last home, making palliative care and end-of-life care an integral part of planning their care needs. It is important that older people are supported to receive high quality end-of-life care and palliative care in the setting of their choice, whether that be in their own home, in residential aged care, in an acute care hospital or in a dedicated hospice service.

Ensuring the availability of high quality palliative care and end-of-life care services in aged care facilities and people’s own homes, will enable more older Australians to have a good death, to receive better support for their families and carers during the dying and bereavement process and facilitate improved allocation of scarce health resources.

Policy Statements

Palliative Care and Dementia 

Spiritual Care: Integral to Palliative Care in Aged Care

Principles for Palliative and End-of-Life Care in Residential Aged Care

2017 National Award for Excellence in Palliative Care – in an Aged Care Setting

Peter Jenkin was awarded the Palliative Care Australia National Award for Excellence in Palliative Care – in an Aged Care Setting in 2017. Discover what makes his work at Resthaven in South Australia so special.


10 questions to ask about palliative care in residential aged care

We recommend you or your family ask the following questions to find out whether the aged care service can manage your changing needs in the final stage of your life.

Department of Health

Provides information, tools and resources to support the aged care sector through evidence-based policy, well targeted programs, and best practice regulation.

My Aged Care

Information for older people, their families, and carers on ageing and aged care, and a pathway for needs assessment and access to support services


Online resource by CareSearch about palliative care in aged care, including information, services and resources on palliative care and end-of-life care.

Dementia Australia

Provides advocacy, support services, education and information, for people of all ages, living with all forms of dementia, their families and carers.

Older Persons Advocacy Network

Provides free information about aged care service provision, referrals and the rights and responsibilities of consumers

End of Life Directions for Aged Care (ELDAC)

Eldac is a national specialist palliative care and advance care planning advisory service.

*Talk to your GP or consult your Resident Agreement from the aged care facility, to find out what palliative care services are available to you or your loved one.

End of Life Directions for Aged Care (ELDAC)

End of Life Directions for Aged Care (ELDAC) is a national specialist palliative care and advance care planning advisory service. This service comprises a comprehensive website and a telephone advisory service. These resources will equip care providers with skills and information to help older Australians receive high-quality end of life care in familiar surroundings with little or no need for hospitalisation.

ELDAC uses innovative technology solutions to assist those who work in aged care and palliative care. The tools will provide access to information and resources including toolkits for those who provide residential aged care, home care and primary care. A telephone and web-based navigation service will help aged care workers, nurses and GPs to find information about end of life care and relevant local or regional services.


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