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16/05/2017 2:38 PM
Very interesting article - thank you.
I am very aware of the urgent need for palliative care to be stepped up in rural communities and ALSO for the great yawning gap in skilled workers in Palliative Care for the aged.
My partner's father had dementia.For a short time he was able to stay in his coastal home,with wonderful assistance from the HCCS and then Barwon Health but in general,we found that good 'doctoring' and access to information regarding suitable aged care facilitites was sorely lacking.
As his condition worsened,we looked into having palliative care in the home,but it was far too expensive.
Family were very supportive,but could not be there 24/7 and despite good care in the facility he went to,he died alone in a room where he had witnessed the death of the man he was sharing with.
With an expected HUGE increase in deaths for people over 84 in the near future,plans MUST be set in place to train carers and staff and develop infrastructure to cope with the increase.