Palliative Care Services

What is palliative care?

Palliative care and palliative care services help people live their life as fully and as comfortably as possible when living with a life-limiting or terminal illness. The management of symptoms in palliative care is important for supporting the persons functioning as they progress through their illness. Our nurses receive extensive training in order to be able to provide holistic care and support to you and your loved ones through these difficult times.

When planning your palliative care nursing at home needs and management, Vital Home Health Services will take into consideration your End of Life Directive and will provide services and supports based on your wishes. If at any time your wishes or needs change, Vital Home Health Services will tailor the services and supports provided to you to allow for these changes.

At Vital Home Health Services, person-centred care is at the heart of our services, where each client receives a service that is personalised, tailored and that takes into account each and every aspect of the person’s life, personal surroundings and preferences. Contact us to learn more about palliative care in Sydney.

Who is palliative care for?

Palliative care services and palliative care nursing are for people who have an incurable, serious disease (for example, cancer, Alzheimer’s and dementia, heart and lung diseases, motor-neuron disease, amongst many more). The aim is to assist the client with managing their symptoms and improve their quality of life. A person receiving treatments from their doctor should still be eligible for palliative care at the same time.

Palliative care at home

Vital Home Health Services believes that home is where the heart is, and it is at home you will be most comfortable and relaxed. Receiving palliative care at home means that our clients are surrounded by their belongings and memories, ensuring their sense of safety and security in their own home whilst receiving the best care and support by our experienced nurses and support staff.

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

personal-care

Personal care such as washing & feeding

pain-management

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)

What is the process of getting palliative care at home?

To receive palliative nursing and or palliative care at home you or your loved one will need to get a referral from your GP. Then Vital Home Health Services will run through an assessment of your needs and living circumstances. From here we tailor the services to meet your identified needs and wishes.

We also ensure that if you have any other needs that they too are taken into consideration when planning your palliative care services. It is our utmost priority to ensure the comfortability and wellbeing of our clients during these moments. Get in touch if you have any questions about getting palliative care in Sydney.

Coordination and integration of care

Vital Home Health Services offers in-home palliative care services as well as coordination of your support and care services.
Below are some of the many ways we can support you in the coordination of your care:

  • Moving from the hospital environment back to your own home
  • Liaising with the interdisciplinary team regarding your healthcare
  • Involving our clients in the design of services
  • Liaising with the client’s GP, specialist and the palliative care team
  • Advocacy for other services
  • Government services and supports including telephone support
  • Contact Cancer Council on 13 11 20 for cancer information and support
  • Contact the Lung Foundation Australia on 1800 654 301

Palliative Care NSW Resources:

Click any of the below to download the FREE resource.

Learn more at Palliative Care NSW:
palliativecarensw.org.au




Quit smoking information and support.

Quitting smoking is helpful even after you have been diagnosed with cancer. The following resources provide useful information and support to help you quit smoking. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist about any other questions you may have.

Call Quitline on 13 QUIT (13 78 48)

Frequently Asked Questions:

A palliative care nurse is responsible for looking after the physical and emotional needs as well as many others needs of someone who is dying, they will also offer support for the family and loved ones of the client.

A thorough list of the services our nurses and carers provide is can be found above.

Palliative care services can be provided at the hospital, in a nursing or residential aged care facility and of course, is can be provided in the clients home.

Palliative care at home is when a trusted health care service provider can visit your (or your loved ones) home and provide the support and services to ease day-to-day tasks. Providing emotional and physical support during the final moments of life.

When you are weighing up your options for palliative care for you or your loved one, here are 7 considerations we recommend thinking about:

  1. Consider the variety of care services
  2. Consider the quality of the health care 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 an NDIS approved provider?
  7. What is the overall reputation of the home care service provider?

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Palliative care services are typically provided in various settings based on client/family choices. This could be at home, in a hospital, a residential home or care facility or a hospice, for example.

If you need palliative care services or want more information on how to get palliative care at home, you first of all should contact your Doctor, Nurse, Aboriginal Health Worker or Hospital Liaison Officer for more information. You can also contact Vital Home Health Services here.

Additionally, you can visit Palliative Care Australia NSW’s website for information and contact details which may help you.

Contact us for more information on how we can help