CareSearch Blog: Palliative Perspectives

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The ELDAC Residential Aged Care Toolkit: Assisting the transition to the Aged Care Quality Standards

A guest blog by Professor Deborah Parker, Professor of Aged Care (Dementia) and Dr Holly Mack, Research Fellow, Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney

  • 17 June 2019
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 1684
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The ELDAC Residential Aged Care Toolkit: Assisting the transition to the Aged Care Quality Standards

Providing end-of-life care to residents with advanced life-limiting illnesses can be challenging for clinicians and health care workers. In this blog, Professor Deborah Parker and Dr Holly Mack from the University of Technology Sydney discuss how the ELDAC Residential Aged Care toolkit can assist you and your organisation in meeting the new Aged Care Quality Standards.

Palliative approach offers peace of mind

A guest blog post by Mark Butler, Chaplaincy and Palliative Care Manager, Eldercare

  • 6 November 2018
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 1716
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Palliative approach offers peace of mind
Implementing a palliative approach to care enables residential aged care facilities to support the quality of life, comfort and dignity for each of their resident from admission to death. Mark Butler from Eldercare discusses how their organisation implemented a palliative approach, and the benefits it brings to their residents and their families and multidisciplinary staff members.

Improving end-of-life care for residential aged care residents initiative

A guest blog post by Mia Taylen-Smith, Nurse Practitioner, Metro South Palliative Care

  • 3 October 2018
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 2054
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Improving end-of-life care for residential aged care residents initiative
Older people living in residential aged care facilities need to be provided high quality end-of-life care. This will often involve nurses who will help with advance care planning and implement a palliative approach to care. Mia Taylen-Smith of Metro South Palliative Care discusses how their Improving End-of-Life Care Residential Aged Care Residents Initiative aims to enable aged care nurses.

Preparing for the future by learning from the present

A guest blog post by Robyn McLean, RNR, Residential Aged Care Manager

  • 24 May 2017
  • Author: CareSearch
  • Number of views: 3609
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Preparing for the future by learning from the present
In my role managing two aged care homes in Melbourne, I have come across a number of challenges which needed to be overcome. I took over one home four and a half years ago and the second 18 months ago, discovering the same basic issues in each home; after the first time, the issues were relatively easy to change. Staff were fractured in the sense that departments did not necessarily rely on each other and work together, and knowledge of clinical issues was only handed over to clinical staff, not to the whole home (not an unusual happening). My idea of sharing with all staff was greeted with a degree of scepticism at first, but staff embraced it quite quickly and then started to discuss things across different departments.

Aged care and palliative care: what’s the difference?

A guest blog post by Associate Professor Rosalie Hudson, Consultant educator palliative aged care, dementia care

  • 17 May 2017
  • Author: CareSearch
  • Number of views: 8362
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Aged care and palliative care: what’s the difference?
For this discussion, aged care refers to the additional care required for an older person needing regular health professional input either in the community or in an aged care home.

Palliative care is, according to the WHO (World Health Organisation), ‘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’.
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