When a loved one is told that they are meeting with the palliative care team it's very difficult to not think the worst. But what we have learnt over time is that palliative care is also about helping people with a life limiting illness live with their condition comfortbly for the time that they have left, and can provide support and services to assist them through that process. There is usually a team of professionals that make up a palliative care team including your GP, health care specialists, social workers, nurses, family and carers.
Palliative care can be provided in hospitals and aged care facilities and is some cases it can be also provided at home, but having the ability to receive palliative care at home depends on how much care the patient needs and the level of support they have from family and friends at home. It can be a costly exercise to set up your home to be properly and safely equipped and from our experience it can place an emotional strain on the family and loved ones who are responsible for providing 24/7 care.
At Pink Finss we have a palliative care program that focuses on supporting family and carers by offering repite and support through qualified carers. Our carers can do the necessary jobs like helping with personal care (dressing and showering), light housework, meal preparation and companionship and during this time loved ones and family members can have some time to have a break.