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These articles are part of the Palliative Perspectives blog addressing palliative care, and end-of-life care issues around ageing and aged care.

End-of-life care for people living with dementia in residential aged care: Strategies informed by practice

An article written by Madeleine Juhrmann, Josephine Clayton and Jon San Martin, HammondCare

  • 29 February 2024
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End-of-life care for people living with dementia in residential aged care: Strategies informed by practice

A recent Australian study explored the experiences of 56 residential aged care staff in providing end-of-life care to people with advanced dementia. Madeleine Juhrmann, Jon San Martin and Josephine Clayton of HammondCare explain what this research discovered and suggests some implications for aged care.  

Recognising patients at risk of deterioration and dying

An article written by Dr David Marco Research Fellow, Centre for Palliative Care, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne.

  • 22 February 2024
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Recognising patients at risk of deterioration and dying

Care provider ability to recognising when a person is at risk of deteriorating or dying is an important skill in providing quality care. Dr David Marco describes the findings of a research study into nurses’ use of one prognostic tool – SPICT – on general medicine wards.

Is ageing-in-place a viable option for carers of people with dementia?

An article written by Dr Janice Du Preez, University of Western Australia

  • 12 February 2024
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Is ageing-in-place a viable option for carers of people with dementia?

Caregivers of individuals with advanced dementia frequently resort to emergency departments for symptom management when palliative care services are inaccessible. Dr Janice Du Preez shares insights from an ongoing trial aimed at uncovering the barriers driving ED admissions and impeding access to specialised palliative care for people living with dementia in both home and residential settings.

A voice for those without: The Dementia Doula role

An article written by Wendy Hall, Managing Director, Dementia Doulas International

  • 6 February 2024
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A voice for those without: The Dementia Doula role

Dementia is a life-limiting condition, yet the palliative care needs of people living with dementia often go unrecognised and unassessed. Wendy Hall explains the role of the Dementia Doula, a model of care that ensures people with dementia and their families receive high-quality, responsive, and person-centred palliative care in community and aged care settings.

POMSNAME: A simple innovation to improve the assessment and documentation of palliative care needs

An article written by Associate Professor Ann Dadich and Ms Kerrie Womsley

  • 6 February 2024
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POMSNAME: A simple innovation to improve the assessment and documentation of palliative care needs

Assessing and documenting the palliative care needs and preferences of people with life-limiting illness is important yet challenging if based on complex, lengthy assessment tools. This blog describes a more flexible approach that uses an evidence-based aide-memoire – POMSNAME. This tool has already demonstrated improvements in testing with community health nurses. 

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