What is Palliative Care
What is Palliative Care?
Palliative care is much more than people think. The aim of palliative care is to enhance the quality of life and help patients live as actively as possible. While it can provide relief from pain and other symptoms, it also uses a team approach to address the needs of both patients and their families.
It integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of care. It intends neither to hasten nor postpone death. Palliative care regards dying as a normal process. It also offers a support system to help the family cope during the patients and illness and in bereavement.
The WHO definition of palliative care is:
“An approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.”
(WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION 2018)
Banksia Palliative Care Services are provided at no cost to our client’s and their carers.
Who should receive palliative care?
Patients can receive palliative care together with other therapies that are intended to prolong life.
Life limiting illnesses include (but are not limited to):
- Heart disease
- Lung disease
- Huntington’s disease
- Motor Neurone disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Children with progressive neurological conditions
What is community palliative care?
Community palliative care takes place in the home of the client – whether this is in their house, an aged care facility or anywhere that they identify as being their home.
Our team of Doctors, Nurses, Social Workers, Massage Therapists, Music Therapists and Occupational Therapists work with patients GP’s and specialists to manage patients physical symptoms, offer spiritual care, music and massage therapy, counseling and bereavement support and counselling. This team can assist patients to die in their preferred location of choice – such as home.
There is 24 hour telephone support and in home visits as required.
Banksia provides these services at no cost to our clients and their families.
Who can refer to palliative care?
- Anyone can refer themselves, a loved one or a friend to Banksia Palliative Care Service, with permission from the person being referred.
- Referrals can come:
- By phone 03 9455 0822
- Via the link on our website
- GPs, Nurses and Specialists can also refer someone to our service.
How does palliative care work with my existing care?
Our palliative care team will liaise with your existing GP and specialists.
How much does community palliative care cost?
Banksia Palliative Care Service provides no cost services to our clients and their families. This includes all of the services we provide.
There may be some costs involved for the hire of equipment if required, or if additional services such as Bolton Clark are required.