End of Life Care refers to the health & emotional care, not only of a person in the final months or days of their lives, but more broadly, care of all those with a life limiting condition that has become advanced, progressive, and incurable.
Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients & families facing the problems of a life-threatening illness.
Euthanasia is defined as the act of a third party, usually a doctor, ending a person’s life in response to severe pain or suffering.
Be informed as to the right time to call for support from home care providers, a hospice/respite provider or various nursing services.
It’s important for a person with a life limiting illness to discuss their wishes with their family before a medical crisis occurs.
Few people start care giving with the knowledge & skills we will need, so it is important to source advice and be well informed.
There are special hospices for children & teenagers and their families, that provide respite, emotional support and end of life care.
Be fully informed before agreeing to provide end of life care, as 24 hour final stage care usually requires additional in-home help.
Discuss with staff if you would like to assist with your loved one’s care, & ensure you understand the facility’s ‘Resident Agreement’.
It is important that palliative health services understand the specific health & caring requirements of people from diverse backgrounds.
It is helpful for family members to seek guidance on how to anticipate and deal with issues, & to communicate honestly with each other.
It is important to take time to stay healthy and look after your wellbeing & it can be helpful to consult your doctor and/or a counsellor.
An advance care plan allows everyone involved to know a person’s wishes in regards to their end of life care, giving peace of mind to all.
The Federal & State Governments provide free core palliative care services in the public health system, for care at home or in a facility.
We have provided a list of useful links, to assist you with finding further information & resources.