What is a palliative approach in aged care?

Palliative care is ‘an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual in any aged care facility.

Palliative care is not just for when the person is dying or at the end of their life; it is for any time during a terminal illness. ‘Palliative care:

  1. Provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms

2. Affirms life and regards dying as a normal process

3. Intends neither to hasten nor postpone death

4. Integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care

5. Offers a support system to help patients live as actively as possible until death

6. Offers a support system to help the family cope during the patient’s illness and in their own bereavement

7. Uses a team approach to address the needs of patients and their families, including bereavement counselling, if indicated

8. Will enhance the quality of life, and may also positively influence the course of illness.

Residential Gardens is one of the leading aged care working closely with Palliative care facilities.

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