These blogs are part of an ongoing series with Palliative Perspectives addressing palliative care and end-of-life care issues around ageing and aged care.
Medicines play a central role in keeping people in the terminal phase at home. Pharmacist and PhD candidate Paul Tait discusses the PBS prescriber bag and how it could be used by prescribers who conduct home visits for people with palliative care needs.
Quality of life is an important outcome in aged care where curative treatments may no longer be the main focus. Research Fellow Dr Claire Hutchinson discusses a three year research project which develops a new quality of life measure that aged care providers can use for quality assessments.
Dementia is one of the leading causes of death in Australia. Occupational Therapist and Associate Professor Kate Laver discusses how can we improve quality of life and maintain function in people in the advanced stages of dementia.
Aged care training will need to include capacity for palliative care with its focus on quality of life and support for the person and their families. CareSearch Senior Research Fellow Dr Katrina Erny-Albrecht discusses how the new palliAGED modules for aged care nurses can help.
In our sixth SA Palliative Care 2020 Grants Program blog, Dr Priyanka Vandersman from RePaDD at Flinders University shares how evidence, research, and inputs from family caregivers and aged care staff formed the foundation of a practical resource aimed at supporting bereavement, grief, and loss.