palliAGED Resources for Standard 3 Requirement 3c
Communication between a person receiving palliative care, their family, and health professionals is at the core of a positive end-of-life experience. There is an evidence overview on communication at the end of life as well as practice resources. It can also be helpful to provide information on where families can learn more about end of life matters. The For the Community section in palliAGED has resources for the family and the community.
Managing the last days of life
The Symptoms and Medicines page is a resource to guide evidence-based practice in the care of older people in the last days of their life (terminal phase). They provide information on six commonly observed symptoms seen in the last days of life.
The palliAGEDgp app supports GPs and nurse practitioners in anticipatory prescribing where this appropriate to prevent unnecessary hospital admissions and support death at home where that is the person’s preference.
Up to Date Guidance on Best Practice
palliAGED’s role is to provide palliative care guidance for residential aged care and for home care. The palliAGED team ensures that content is current, relevant to the sector and comprehensive. The research evidence for 36 topics relevant to end-of-life and palliative care has been summarised. Companion pages in the Practice Centre show resources that can be used by staff and provide suggestions for use within the organisation. The Practice Tip Sheets provide evidence for use with specific sets of guidance for careworkers and nurses.