Palliative Care

19-Feb-2014

Some useful information we received from Wingecarribee Community Health : 

Palliative care is a type of health care provided to those individuals whose illness cannot be cured. It helps the individual to live as well as possible while managing their illness. Palliative care maintains quality of life by controlling physical symptoms – pain, nausea and many others. It also looks at the emotional, social and/or spiritual needs of the individual. It supports the person who is dying and their carers and family.

Palliative care is appropriate if and when an individual’s needs are identified as complex or simply not being met. It can be used at any stage during the illness after curative treatment has stopped. People who use palliative care may live longer, experience a better quality of life and be more satisfied with their care. 

Palliative care may be provided by General Practitioners, community health nurses, and the specialist palliative care team (specialist doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, social workers, psychologists, chaplains, and palliative care trained volunteers). Palliative care can be provided in the community for individuals at home, in acute hospitals, inpatient palliative care units and residential aged care.

Referrals to community palliative care in Wingecarribee can be made by telephoning The Triple I Hub on 1800 455 511. 
Referrals can be made by the individual with the illness, a family member or friend, General Practitioners and any other services within the community, local hospitals or residential aged care units.


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