Carers have vital role supporting patient's choice in where to die

Carers have vital role supporting patient's choice in where to die

Posted May 27, 2014

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The theme for this year’s Palliative Care Week, ‘Palliative care is everyone’s business: let’s work together’, emphasises interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches to end‑of-life care. 

Carers Australia CEO, Ara Cresswell, said, “One of the most important choices a patient will make as they approach death is where they would like to die.

“We know that the majority of people have a preference to die in the comfort of their own home, but in reality, Australians are most likely to die in admitted-patient settings.

“Health professionals, health services, patients, carers and families can provide high quality end-of-life care by working together to meet patient preference.”

Australia’s family and friend carers are crucial to supporting the preference to die at home, but need access to palliative care services which work with carers and understand the demands of end-of-life care.

In recognition of Palliative Care week, Carers Australia has released a discussion paper, ‘Dying at home: Preferences and the role of unpaid carers’. It  discusses the role of carers in providing end‑of‑life care in the home, and identifies the types of support they need.

Ms Cresswell said, “With advance care planning and improved engagement and support from health professionals, carers will be better placed to continue caring throughout the challenges of end‑of-life care.”

Click here for the full discussion paper.

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