Palliative care is for any person and their family with a life-limiting or terminal illness. It aims to help people live their life as fully and comfortably as possible. Palliative care is not just for the final stages of life, care may commence at the time of diagnosis, or intermittently throughout an illness.
Palliative care can be provided by both GPs and palliative care clinicians, who base their treatment on individual needs. They identify and treat symptoms that may be physical, emotional, spiritual or social. Care can be provided in the home, hospital, hospice or Residential Aged Care Facility.
The Tasmanian Government has developed the Tasmanian Palliative Care Community Charter. The principles of the Charter include:
- Relief from pain & other causes of distress
- Respect, dignity and person-centered care
- Good communication
- Coordination of care
- Place of care and place of death
- Fair access to care
- Help with planning end-of-life care
- Support for people important to us
- Support for the unique needs of children, young people and families
- Support for Aboriginal people in Tasmania.
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Advance Care Planning
Advanced care planning encourages people to plan for their future health care, for when they may no longer be able to communicate their choices. It promotes care that is consistent with an individual’s goals, values, beliefs and preferences through open discussion. Healthcare preferences can then be respected when people cannot voice their choices.
You don’t need to get help from health professionals when deciding your Advanced Care Planning, but it is a good idea to involve your GP and other health professionals and let them know your wishes.
It is important to write down your choices, such as an Advanced Care Directive. Make copies of this for your GP, substitute decision-maker(s), specialists, Residential Aged Care Facility, your hospital and MyAgedCare.
It is also important to regularly review your choices, especially if there have been any changes to your health, personal or living situation.
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