Palliative care is the specialized coordinated care and support of people with a progressive life limiting illness. Maintenance of dignity, quality of life, consultation in decision making and expert symptom control are key components in the care provided.
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In 2006 Bethesda Hospital joined the Western Australian palliative care community when it opened a 13 bed palliative care unit, which in 2010 expanded to a 24 bed unit.
The unit is a specialized palliative care service which provides inpatient care for both insured and non insured patients.
Care is provided by an expert team of palliative care clinicians including a palliative care consultant doctor and full time registrar, social worker, occupational therapist, chaplain, and nurses.
We are able to offer admission for:
- Symptom Control
- Poorly controlled symptoms are managed by the specialist inter-disciplinary team approach, with a view to maximising the quality of life and returning the patient to their usual environment (home, nursing home or hostel) with appropriate support strategies.
- Respite Care
- Respite admission may be offered to provide a short break for home carers on an ad hoc or planned basis with a firm date of discharge mutually agreed upon. Should the patients condition deteriorate during a respite admission the length of stay will be re- assessed.
- Terminal Care
- Some patients choose to die in the Palliative Care Unit or the complexity of their care may determine that inpatient terminal care is required.
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Aged Care Category: Palliative Care