Depending on your situation you may need specialised equipment or changes in your home to support at home palliative care. This could be for a long or short period. Talk with your health care team about what might help.
Setting your home up for palliative care may require some minor modifications. Creating a safe and workable space will help in providing care and to keep things more manageable. It will also help you and the person you care for to focus on what matters most to you. Some things to consider are listed here. You and your care team may have others.
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Setting up to provide palliative care can disrupt the usual daily routine for all family members. It is important to discuss this beforehand and as things change. Mobility can be an issue for older people and people with palliative care needs. Falls can be prevented.
Removing obstacles is important. This can include pets and trip hazards. You may also need to move around the house at night. When setting up for palliative care in the home useful general measures include:
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Your palliative care team can help to arrange a hospital bed for your home if needed. Think about where you want the bed. If the bedroom is too far away from the rest of the household or located upstairs, you may want to set the bed up elsewhere. A lighter bed in the living areas might be a solution if the person can move around and use their bedroom at night. Some other tips and things to consider include:
Bathrooms are a common place for falls to occur. Arranging for easy and safe access to the toilet and bathroom is important. Things you can do include:
Setting up the area to be comfortable will help the person being cared for to relax and to retain some independence. Try:
Most States and Territories have an equipment fund to help you access what you need. Visit the Services and Support page to learn more for your state or territory:
Last updated 01 June 2023