Palliative care is a specialised field within aged care. It is offered to residents who have a life-limiting illness or a life expectancy of less than six months and require ongoing medical care.
The World Health Organisations defines palliative care as “an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing life-threatening illness”.
At Arcare, we believe this means supporting a client’s physical, emotional, spiritual and social needs in consultation with family and appropriate professionals.
We strive to ensure a client’s final moments are as dignified and pain-free as possible.
When to choose palliative care
Palliative care is suitable for older Australians who have a life-limiting or terminal illness.
The goal of palliative care is to:
Reduce or prevent pain (where possible)
- Offer dignity and control in the last months of life
- Discuss end-of-life options
- Offer ongoing medical care.
While some people may prefer to spend their final months or weeks at home, this is not always possible, often because of the need for ongoing specialist medical treatment.
This is when palliative care specialists are able to step in and assist with care in a safe, secure, environment with medical professionals on hand.
At Arcare, we offer palliative care at a number of our aged care residences across Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales. For more information on our palliative care options, please call number at the top of this website.
Types of palliative care
Palliative care is available to all Australians dealing with a life-limiting illness.
Arcare is able to offer residential palliative care, hospice care and in-home respite where required.
Ongoing palliative care is available at a number of our aged care residences.
Ongoing palliative care is suitable for older residents who have a life-limiting illness and require constant medical care and attention.
All of our palliative care employees are specially trained in this field and are experienced at the challenges which you may face during this period.
At Arcare, we understand some people choose to spend their final months in the comfort of their own home.
Arcare is able to offer in-home respite allowing carers a chance to have a much-needed break for a few hours throughout the day or, where possible, overnight.
All of our in-home respite care staff are fully trained with a minimum Certificate III in Aged Care and have undergone police and reference checks for your safety.
How to choose the right palliative care
At Arcare, we understand each person’s life is as individual as their personality. We also understand the right of the individual to live their final months with dignity, control and as pain-free as possible.
As such, Arcare offers palliative care tailored to each individual after consultation with the client, their family and medical specialists.
Our staff understand the need to respect each person’s own approach to death and to assist with making their final months as comfortable as possible.
How to access palliative care
To access palliative care, you will need a referral from your GP or other health care provider.
Palliative care is available to anyone to a life-limiting illness or with a life expectancy of less than six months.
Before moving into palliative care, it is important to try and view the residence – where possible – to discuss your personal needs with staff and to ensure you feel comfortable. Ask as many questions as you can to give you the peace of mind you have chosen the right place.
Many palliative care services are subsidised by the government which significantly reduces the expense during this difficult time. In many instances, palliative care is covered by Medicare (though additional expenses such as food may be incurred).
Our palliative care staff are all specialists in their field with specialised training and experience in supporting residents, and their family members, in the final stages of life.
For more information on costs, please call us via the phone number at the top of this website.