Palliative care: Keeping loved ones close when it matters most in critical times
Every day, families in Australia receive a vital lifeline from Silver Chain Palliative Care Nurses who help manage life-limiting conditions.
The physical and emotional support that Palliative Care Nurses bring families during critical times is being celebrated by the Silver Chain Group during National Palliative Care Week, 19 – 25 May.
Based in Morphett Vale, RDNS Palliative Care Clinical Nurse, Karen Bowman, uses her passion for palliative care nursing to ensure individuals can to be cared for in their homes.
“Dying at home can be more acceptable for the family, they can sit on their loved one’s bed, stroke their hand and enjoy their company,” Karen said.
“Every day is different. It can be difficult, but I find it rewarding as I’m passionate about people staying at home.
“I have a lot of respect and admiration for our team, we support each other working in different situations.”
RDNS also provide psychosocial support and assistance navigating government and support agencies.
“Palliative care has taught me what’s important in life,” Karen added. “Every day I see what’s taken away from people as they slowly deteriorate and die. The little things we focus on throughout our lives seem unimportant at the end of the day.”
By having conversations with loved ones and health professionals, people can ensure their treatment and care aligns with their values and preferences
National Palliative Care Week runs from 19 – 25 May. The 2019 theme, ‘What matters most?’ encourages Australians to plan and give thought to end-of-life care.
23 May 2019
Hannah Campbell | Communications Officer
T 08 9208 8310 | E Hannah.Campbell@silverchain.org.au
About Silver Chain Group
We are a not-for-profit organisation delivering community health and care services across Australia. We help people of all ages to receive the care they need to remain happy and healthy at home.
We have a proud history of serving Australians for over 110 years in Western Australia and more than 120 years as RDNS in South Australia. We currently deliver our services in Western Australia, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.
With over 4,000 staff and 130 volunteers, we assist more than 100,000 people to remain living in their homes and community every year.
For more information, please see silverchain.org.au.