Palliative Care

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Palliative Care

When loved ones are reaching the end of their lives, the amount of things to consider is almost overwhelming.

While it’s important to be prepared, you can’t account for everything during what may very well be at the toughest time in your life. A good aged care provider can and should help you feel as prepared and in control as possible.

As with any part of aged care, it’s important to know that the organisation responsible has the experience necessary to make sure quality of life is the best that it can be for the people you love.

With a longstanding history of excellence in palliative and hospice care, you can lean on St Vincent’s to provide compassionate care that considers your loved one, their needs and the needs of your family.

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What does Palliative Care at St Vincent’s look like?

St Vincent’s model of Palliative Care is a person-centred, holistic approach that considers every aspect of a person’s life, well before we even start to think about them passing away. The services provided in Palliative Care cater to all needs including physical, emotional, spiritual and/or social. 

There isn’t a one size fits all approach for everyone when it comes to any sort of care and St Vincent’s works to understand and appreciate the preferences and differences that make residents unique and special. Because of this, Palliative Care services offered will differ from person to person but may include:

  • Relief of pain and other symptoms
  • Resources and equipment need to aid in care at home
  • Assistance and support for families to talk about sensitive issues
  • Links and connection to other services such as home care and financial support
  • Support that is culturally sensitive and understanding and addresses emotional, social and spiritual concerns
  • Access to counselling and grief support
  • Referrals to additional services such as respite care

At St Vincent’s, we have a long and trusted history of providing sensitive and compassionate care during any time of a resident’s life and that means delivering the right care, at the right time that’s right for the person we’re supporting.

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Where are Palliative Care services provided?

Where services are provided is determined by the wishes of the resident and their loved ones, where possible. Services can be provided:

  • At home
  • Residential aged care
  • Hospital
  • Hospice

While receiving Palliative Care at home is a preference for many people, making this possible often depends on factors such as:

  • How much care and support is available from the patient’s family and friends
  • The nature of the illness and the amount of care and nursing services required
  • Whether or not the patient has a carer at home who can provide physical care and support

Who is in a St Vincent’s Palliative Care team?

St Vincent's Palliative Care teams can be made up of a range of professionals such as:

  • Your GP
  • Aged care workers
  • Cardiologist
  • Oncologist
  • Other healthcare provider
  • Family and other carers

Your Palliative Care team are supported by specialist Palliative Care services should symptoms become difficult to manage.

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