Palliative Care Services

Managing a life-limiting illness can be challenging, especially when you wish to stay at home for your end-of-life care. 

If you or a loved one have a terminal illness, a life limiting chronic disease or are approaching the end of life, Vital offers you personalised palliative care at home to help you manage the physical, practical and mental strain during this time. 

Book a Comprehensive Nursing Assessment for Palliative Care at Home 

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is person and family-centred care provided for a person with an active, progressive, advanced disease, who has little or no prospect of cure and who is expected to die, and for whom the primary goal is to optimize the quality of life. 

End-of-life care is the last few weeks of life in which a patient with a life-limiting illness is rapidly approaching death. The needs of patients and their carers are higher at this time. This phase of palliative care is recognized as one in which increased services and support are essential to ensure quality, coordinated care from the health care team is being delivered. This takes into account the terminal phase or when the patient is recognized as imminently dying, death and extends to bereavement care. 

Palliative care is care that helps people live their life as fully and as comfortably as possible when living with a life-limiting or terminal illness. 

Palliative care identifies and treats symptoms which may be physical, emotional, spiritual or social. Because palliative care is based on individual needs, the services offered will differ but may include:

  • Relief of pain and other symptoms e.g. vomiting, shortness of breath 
  • Resources such as equipment needed to aid care at home 
  • Assistance for families to come together to talk about sensitive issues 
  • Planning for future medical treatment decisions and goals of care 
  • Links to other services such as home help and financial support 
  • Support for people to meet cultural obligations 
  • Support for emotional, social and spiritual concerns 
  • Counselling and grief support 
  • Referrals to respite care services 

Palliative care is a family-centred model of care, meaning that family and carers can receive practical and emotional support.

Personalised Home Palliative Care Services from Vital  

At Vital, we believe that home is where the heart is. Receiving Palliative Care at home means our clients are comfortable and relaxed, feel safe in their own space surrounded by their belongings and memories.  

Whether you need end-of-life support or help managing a life limiting chronic illness, Vital Palliative Care nurses ensure you receive the required care in line with your wishes.  Your plan includes a personalised care package and support from a team of specialist caregivers, highly experienced and compassionate, on-hand to help you when you need it most. 

Book a Comprehensive Nursing Assessment for Palliative Care at Home 

Steps to Receiving Palliative Care at Home

  • Obtain a referral from your GP for Palliative Care
  • Vital Registered Nurses and Palliative care CNC assesses your needs, wishes and living circumstances 
  • Our team creates your in-home personalised Palliative Care plan with you 
  • An experienced Palliative Care nurse or caregiver provides support as per your consent and needs 

If circumstances change or you want to adapt your support service, you can do so at any time. All our Palliative Care Services are flexible and designed to support you at all stages of your journey. 

Book a Comprehensive Nursing Assessment for Palliative Care at Home

Palliative Care Services

Benefits of Engaging with Vital for your Palliative Care Services 

At Vital Home Health Services, person-centred care lies at the heart of everything we do.  

Whatever the situation or stage of your journey, your personalised Palliative Care service is tailored to meet your medical needs and care preferences from the comfort of home.   

The benefits of a home Palliative Care Services from Vital include: 

  • High-quality, people-centred care and Services delivered in your home or place of residence 
  • A team of experienced and qualified caregivers providing consistent care and support 
  • Flexible support services you can adapt as your illness progresses or situation changes 
  • A trusted, accredited provider with over 30 years’ industry experience  

For four decades, Vital palliative community nurses have supported thousands of patients with compassionate support and end of life care in NSW and beyond. 

We are here for you. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

A Palliative Care nurse is responsible for looking after the physical and emotional needs of someone with a chronic disease or terminal illness, helping them stay comfortable as they approach end of life and supporting their family and loved ones. 

Palliative Care services can be provided in the home, at a hospital, nursing home or residential aged care facility. 

Palliative Care at home is when a trusted health care service provider visits you or your loved ones at home and assists with day-to-day tasks, or emotional and physical support during the final moments of life. 

There are many things to consider when looking for the right Palliative Care provision for you and your family. Here are our top 7 recommendations: 

  1. What care services do they provide? 
  2. Who is included in the healthcare team? 
  3. What accreditations and certifications does the home care service provider have? 
  4. Are they a compassionate team of carers? 
  5. What fees and funding can they help you access? 
  6. Are they a NDIS approved provider? 
  7. What is the overall reputation of the home care service provider? 

If you need Palliative Care services or want more information on how to get Palliative Care at home, contact your GP, Nurse, Aboriginal Health Worker or Hospital Liaison Officer for more information. You can also contact Vital Home Health Services here

Additionally, visit Palliative Care Australia NSW’s website for information and helpful contact details. 

Some of the palliative care services our caring team provide include:


Personal care such as washing & feeding


Pain management

Medication management

Social care (such as emotional support and conversing)

Auxiliary care (such as shopping & transportation)

Symptom management

Constipation management

Continence management

Spiritual support

Support for family members

Domestic care (such as cleaning and preparing meals)

Mouth care and prevention of ulcers

Pressure area care

Wound management including complex wounds

Psychological support

Bereavement counselling

Affirming the end of life process

Planning care (such as coordinating support)