What would happen if you had an accident or you suddenly became ill? Would your family know what kind of treatment you would want or how you would like to be cared for? Palliative Care Specialist Dr Alison White explains why advance care planning is important.
Many people fear that the process of dying is very painful, however new Australian research shows that our loved ones are not likely to suffer with severe pain at the end of life. A recent study of almost 19,000 Australian patients in the terminal phase of their illness, showed that more than 50% of patients … Continue reading Is dying painful? The truth about pain in the final stages of life
We know that death is a certainty but how many of us are prepared for this eventuality? What would happen if you had an accident or you suddenly became ill? Would your family know what kind of treatment you would want or how you would like to be cared for? Director Palliative Care Services Alison … Continue reading Make Your Wishes Known
It’s not a stage of life most of us tend to discuss but our final days, weeks or months are sometimes complex time for ourselves and our loved ones. Emotions can run high, physical energy can be low, and our ability to adjust to change can be compromised. Manager Pastoral Services Jenni Ashton says there … Continue reading A pastoral view
It is a common misconception that palliative care is only for those who are dying but in fact, its main focus is on the management of symptoms and maximising quality of life for patients and families. In their daily work of treating and supporting patients with life limiting illness, Murdoch Community Hospice caregivers espouse the … Continue reading End of life care