The palliAGED apps provide nurses and GPs with easy and convenient access to information to help them care for people approaching the end of their life. Timely access to palliative care information supports the clinical care being provided. An online-offline capacity means they can use the apps anywhere in Australia. As these apps are web-based, they can be updated as new evidence and resources are released.
The palliAGEDnurse app helps nurses working in residential aged care, community care and general practice to care for older people with palliative care needs. It highlights a care framework built around three care processes – advance care planning, palliative care case conferences, and establishing a care plan for the dying person. Nurses can navigate quickly to the three care processes. More specific information relevant to their practice setting can also be found.
The app also includes a series of 10 short training videos for aged care workers on end-of-life care topics. Created by SA Health, the Education on the Run series covers communicating with family, managing pain and breathlessness, recognising deterioration and active dying, and practical matters such as mouth care and providing a soft towel wash. These videos are located in the Palliative Approach Framework section of the app.
palliAGEDnurse is now available for free download from iTunes and PlayTM online app stores.
If you don't have a smart phone or just prefer using a computer, you can view the content online through your web browser at apps.caresearch.com.au/palliAGEDnurse/home.