Our latest palliAGED Aged Care Standards insight looks at living well until the end of life.
palliAGED Resources for Standard 4
Maintaining function and independence, autonomy and dignity are all important to older people even in the end of life context. There are a range of palliAGED resources that can provide information and support knowledge and training. Many of these resources including learning opportunities for careworkers and nursing staff and organisational suggestions.
Advance care planning
Advance care planning helps the older person to identify what they want at the end of life and helps the service know and share what is important in providing this care. Aside from a document that can help guide clinical care if the person can no longer speak for themselves, the process can build understanding about values, wishes and preferences. There is an evidence overview on advance care planning as well as practice resources in palliAGED.
Older people should be able to receive palliative care and end of life care where they normally live. The Practice Centre Referral page covers a range of different resources that can be considered. Allied health can play an important part in assessing needs and suggesting equipment and services that enable continuing participation in daily living and support functional independence.
Dignity and Quality of Life
Supporting dignity and function can help older people to maximise quality of life even during decline. There is an evidence page and practice tips on dignity and quality of life. Ideas on social support and spiritual care are also available.
Ensuring the environment has been adapted for changing needs is an important part of Standard 4. Suggestions for the end of life context can be found in the evidence centre and the practice points.