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From Palliative Care Australia Palliative Matters Stories about living, dying and Palliative Care

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  1. Tool helps residential aged care staff to identify palliative care needs

    3 August 2017

    A tool developed in Scotland to help identify people who may have unmet palliative care needs is proving a valuable resource in WA, where the Metropolitan Palliative Care Consultancy Service plans to roll it out across all of the Perth residential aged care facilities it supports.

  2. Nurse committed to residents being able to die at home, away from hospital emergency departments

    17 July 2017

    Having worked as a nurse in a hospital emergency department, Melissa Millar has seen first-hand the trauma that can occur when someone who is dying an expected death is put in an ambulance. It’s something she is keen to avoid in her new role at a Sydney aged care facility.

  3. Letter captures zest for life that dementia has stolen

    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.

  4. Ten questions help consumers compare how residential aged care services provide palliative care

    25 May 2017

    People looking at aged care options are being encouraged to ask services whether they provide a palliative approach to care and whether they have links with specialist palliative care services.

  5. Consensus on principles for palliative and end-of-life care in residential aged care

    24 May 2017

    New guiding principles on the delivery of palliative and end-of-life care services in residential aged care have been agreed by six influential peak bodies. The principles reflect the need to recognise when an aged-care resident is approaching the end of life, in order to ensure their physical, emotional and spiritual needs are assessed and met.

  6. Sue Pieters-Hawke shares how residential aged care enhanced Hazel’s quality of life and death

    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.

  7. Goodwin Aged Care steps up to provide proactive palliative care in-house

    19 May 2017

    Goodwin Aged Care Services in Canberra has made an extraordinary effort to ensure residents achieve the best possible care at the end of life. Acknowledging that many residents want to die comfortable deaths without going to hospital, it piloted a new approach to providing specialist palliative care in-house. Palliative Matters celebrates the achievement to mark the start of National Palliative Care Week on Sunday 21 May.

  8. Aged care facility takes responsibility for ensuring residents achieve best possible end-of-life care

    17 May 2017

    Two isolated rural residential aged care facilities in Victoria have worked consistently over years to better recognise dying, provide early symptom relief and reduce avoidable hospital admissions.

  9. Maggie Beer Foundation tour inspires chefs in residential aged care

    28 April 2017

    Maggie Beer visited regional towns in northern NSW recently to promote the use of fresh food within residential aged care homes.

  10. Study highlights value in aged care residents having access to specialist palliative care

    26 August 2016

    Providing proactive specialist palliative care in residential aged care facilities has shown significant benefits in an Australian pilot study which has achieved international interest.


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