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End of life and palliative care helps improve your quality of life if you have a life-limiting illness and provides support to your family and carers. End of life and palliative care services include help with daily tasks and access to a range of emotional, spiritual and mental health care options to suit your needs. Services also provide information and advice about death and dying, advance care planning, financial planning and many other issues that can arise at the end of life. You can have end of life and palliative care services delivered in your home, at an inpatient palliative care unit, or in a local hospital.
01 Aug 2018... Victoria is the first state in Australia to pass voluntary assisted dying laws. The Voluntary Assisted Dying Act (2017) provides a safe legal framework for people who are suffering and dying to choose the manner and timing of their death. This document provides an overview about voluntary assisted dying with information on background, law, access and how it will work.
Most people experience acute stress during events like tsunamis, and most manage with courage and strength. However, sometimes it is only later when the distressing images are recalled that some of the stressful effects start to show. While most people will manage with the support of family and friends, there are times when extra help and support may be needed.
There are things that can help you to prepare as someone approaches the last few weeks and days of life. Having information can help you to make choices. People vary in what they know, understand and believe about death and dying. They also differ in what they want to know. Each individual should be as informed, or not, as they want to be. For many, knowing what to expect can help take some of the fear, distress and anxiety away. For others, having too much information gives them more things to worry about.
This factsheet contains information for aged care workers on what you need to do to help older people with dementia who have experienced trauma. A person with dementia who has experienced trauma may find it hard to express their feelings or explain how trauma is affecting them. There are many things you can do to help manage their distress.
01 Sep 2019... Grief is our response to loss. It is the normal, natural and inevitable response to loss, and it can affect every part of our life, including our thoughts, behaviours, beliefs, feelings, physical health and our relationships with others. With the support of family and friends, many people adapt to loss well and may not experience intense and persistent feelings; however, for some, the experience of grief can be overwhelming and further support may be helpful. This Fact Sheet provides guidance on supporting yourself and others through grief.
01 Apr 2019... Victoria's voluntary assisted dying law allows a person in the late stages of advanced disease to take medication prescribed by a doctor that will bring about their death at a time they choose. This document provides an overview about voluntary assisted dying with information on background, law, access and how it will work.
Fact sheet with self-care tips for people caring for older people who are experiencing trauma and grief. It can be difficult to see someone you care about struggle with the distress caused by trauma, grief or loss. it's important to look after your own health, make time for yourself, and balance the person's needs with your own.
Fact sheet containing information on trauma and dementia in older people. People living with dementia can have difficulty coping with loss and trauma because it's harder for them to communicate, make sense of painful memories or feel safe. Find out how you can support people living with both dementia and trauma.
01 Aug 2013... When someone dies in hospital it can be a traumatic and confusing time for families. This information package will help you work through the tasks that need to be attended to. Our staff are here to support you and assist with any specific cultural requirements you have during this difficult time.
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