Dying at Home

If asked, you may say that you would want to be cared for and to die at home. This may change over the course of time. You may decide that this is no longer what you want. It may also change if your carer cannot manage. Sometimes things can change and more specialised care is needed.

Something to consider is whether the setup is going to be hard to manage. At times, home may start to feel like a hospital. There may be extra equipment being supplied. There may be more and frequent visits from health professionals. Do not be afraid to ask questions. There are also no 'silly' questions.

Living alone

Without the help and support of family or friends you will struggle to remain at home. Nursing care will be needed. It may not be available 24 hours/7 days a week. It can be paid for but it may be expensive. You should talk to a health professional about available options. Funding may vary greatly regarding dying at home. Some people will have care packages that help provides care at home. A social worker may also be able to help. Sometimes a Residential Aged Care Facility is an alternative. Sometimes respite care or hospice.

Sometimes even with the best plans, things change. It is important that you talk openly. Discuss any needs and issues with your family or with your carer. You should consider an Advance Directive to make your wishes known. This could mean avoiding a crisis or a hospital admission. Health professionals can be a great resource. They may find local organisations and resources that can help you.

Websites

Fact Sheets

  • The Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services has produced a factsheet on Dying at home.

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Last updated 24 January 2017