From Palliative Care Australia Stories about living, dying and Palliative Care
13 June 2017
Richenda Rudman wrote a letter to residential aged care staff so they understood who her mother Denise was before dementia. It was a cathartic process which she hopes will remind busy staff of her mother’s humanity.
23 May 2017
Today, on the four-year anniversary of Hazel Hawke’s death, her daughter Sue Pieters-Hawke fondly remembers their final weeks together. Sue remains grateful that Hazel died in a residential aged care facility that understood dementia and provided good palliative care, both for her mother and those who loved her.
11 December 2015
A poignant photographic exhibition of residents who have dementia is adding life and soul to the walls of a residential aged care facility in Victoria.
27 November 2015
As the care manager of a 120-bed aged care facility, Karin Woods, knows a great deal about palliative care. But when she was given the opportunity to have a specialist palliative care nurse mentor her staff for two weeks, she jumped at it. The experience proved so worthwhile, she wishes it was ongoing, and that a similar system could be set up to support aged care staff across the country.
9 November 2015
Palliative care nurse Jeanette Liebelt has drafted a list of personal details for anyone caring for her at the end of life, so they will be better able to meet her personal needs and preferences, particularly if she has dementia. What would be on your list?
26 October 2015
Palliative nurse practitioner Nikki Johnston worries that people with dementia are missing out on specialist palliative care.
22 October 2015
A leading palliative care expert will be among the key advisors to new Severe Behaviour Response Teams, designed to assist with symptom management in aged care residents with dementia who exhibit severe behaviour.
20 October 2015
A new national research project will measure whether geriatricians can increase rates of advance care planning among people with dementia, soon after their diagnosis.
- Frail elderly put new pressure on prisons to provide palliative care
- One third of elderly patients receive futile treatment before they die
- Symbolic works created with ink-filled syringe capture life and offer therapy
- The most intimate thing I’ve done in my life: Kylie’s story
- Vicarious trauma: a young nurse shares her experience