What is palliative care?
Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of people who are a facing a life-limiting illness, and their families. Our care moves from a focus on treatment and cure to the prevention and relief of suffering and the assessment and treatment of pain and other physical, emotional, social, cultural and spiritual concerns.
Dying is an integral and inevitable part of life, and our goal is to enable our residents to die with dignity and in a setting of their choice. We want our residents to experience the light of Christ in every aspect of their lives, including their journey to end of life.
At Churches of Christ in Queensland, we recognise that each person is unique and tailor how our care is planned and delivered to provide individualised, holistic quality care. We also offer support to families and loved ones during the resident’s illness and in bereavement.
What is involved?
When developing our palliative care plan, open, informative conversations are held with our resident, their families and our staff. Individual’s wishes are respected, and even if they are unable to participate in decision making they can still be involved through historical conversations that may have been held with their family. Knowing what services and options are available allows residents and families to be more informed and make decisions they are comfortable with.
We encourage residents and their families to explore further than the needs of the day. This can decrease and even stop unwanted transfers to hospital; ensuring residents can stay in familiar surroundings with familiar faces and familiar touch from those caring for them at end of life.
Care plans are developed over more than one conversation, ensuring changes and preferences are captured and recorded.
It is important that palliative care be a multidisciplinary team approach, including the resident’s doctor, specialist, our nursing and care team, allied health professionals such as physiotherapists, and, where desired, pastoral care.
Being able to communicate wishes and needs openly can offer residents a sense of positive wellbeing. They are on a journey that will ultimately lead to the end of their life as we know it. However, they are not on this journey alone, we take it with them and their family.
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