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'What matters most': an insight into palliative care at Silver Chain
From Sunday 20 May to Saturday 26 May it is National Palliative Care week across Australia.
The aim of this week is to help raise awareness and understanding about palliative care – which is care for people who are dealing with a life-limiting illness.
Our palliative care services aim to help people live their life as fully and as comfortable as possible. We recognise that everyone is different, so we tailor our care to suit the individual and their own personal needs and goals.
We recently asked members of our palliative care team to tell us what mattered most to them when caring for people who are nearing the end of their life.
“Having the time to listen to people and their concerns. Recognising those concerns and acting on them to a person’s benefit.” – Nurse
“Providing support to people at the end of their lives in a way that uncovers stories of resilience, competence, connection and compassion.” – Social Worker
“Feeling like we have improved the enjoyment and connection a person feels towards the end of their life.” – Chaplain/Spiritual Advisor
Our palliative care teams may include nurses, medical staff, social workers, volunteers, care aides and chaplains/spiritual advisors. Each team member possesses specialist skills and experience so we can help people who are dying with comprehensive support for their physical, mental, emotional and psychosocial needs.
“Clients and families are supported in their choice of place of care and death.” - Nurse
“Being part of a professional, compassionate, and dedicated team which provides exceptional care whilst working well with other providers such as hospitals and GPs in support of the client and family.” – Doctor
“Supporting the prompt and effective relief of symptoms.” - Nurse
Community based palliative care is end-of-life care that is provided in people’s homes to help them live their life as fully and as comfortably as possible.
At Silver Chain we pride ourselves on providing the very best service in the comfort of people’s homes.
“Twenty-one years ago, my brother died at home from brain cancer, under the care of Silver Chain’s palliative care team. I now work beside one of the beautiful registered nurses who helped care for him. I fully understand what heartache a family is feeling during this sad time but also feel so honoured to be able to give back to other families what was given to mine during this last part of a loved one’s time with us. It’s something I will always remember as I knock on their door.” – Care Aide
For all of our staff, helping our community’s most vulnerable is something they are very passionate about.
We are proud to have such a caring and motivated team available to support our communities through some of their hardest moments in life.
Despite being something that touches everyone, death doesn’t receive enough visibility.
Having a conversation about your end-of-life wishes can be beneficial to everyone, no matter their health.
It’s a conversation that can help the people closest to make decisions on your behalf should you be unable to communicate your wishes.
Dying to Talk is a fantastic resource to learn more about helping people at the end of their lives and having these types of conversations.
Dying to Talk aims to reach into the community to normalise dying in Australia and to help Australians work out what’s right for them at the end of their lives.
You can find out more about our palliative care services.
For more details on our in-home palliative care services, call our Contact Centre on (08) 9242 0242 to discuss your needs. We’re available to take your call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.