Australian Red Cross WA
Palliative care helps people with any life-limiting illness manage symptoms and improve their quality of life. It also provides support for their family and carers.
Palliative care can include a range of support for the individual, their family, and carers including:
- relief of pain and other symptoms
- resources such as equipment for care at home
- help for families to talk about sensitive issues
- links to other services such as home help and financial support
- support for cultural needs and traditions
- support for emotional, social and spiritual concerns
- counselling and grief support
- referrals to respite care services.
Some of the common medical conditions of people needing palliative care include:
- motor neurone disease
- muscular dystrophy
- multiple sclerosis
- end-stage dementia.
Palliative care settings and providers
Palliative care services can be provided in a range of settings including:
- the home
- aged care homes
- palliative care units.
Palliative care can be provided by specialist palliative care teams or by doctors, nurses and carers using a palliative approach to their care.
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Aged Care Category: Palliative Care