Palliative care resources providing more choice for terminally-ill patients to stay at home
One year on from the official launch of caring@home, health professionals and carers have reported how valuable the resources are in assisting home-based patients and their care team with end-of-life symptom control.
More than 3,300 caring@home packages for carers have been distributed to specialist palliative care services, home care package providers, domiciliary nursing services, rural and remote health services and GP practices nationwide to assist patients and their carers.
In addition to the caring@home package for carers, other resources for services and health professionals include:
- palliMEDS, an app for prescribers of palliative medicines, developed by NPS MedicineWise, which has been downloaded 3,750 times since launching
- Guidelines for the handling of palliative care medicines in community services, developed by NPS MedicineWise
- example policy and procedures for use by services
- online education modules for nurses
- translated carer resources in six commonly-spoken languages.
Project Director, Professor Liz Reymond said that the resources were already having a tremendously positive impact on patients and their carers as well as their wider health care teams.
“We know from firsthand stories from carers and families, nurses and GPs from all around Australia that these resources are relevant and useful in helping to manage breakthrough symptoms for terminally-ill people at home, which may in turn, reduce patient distress and unwanted hospital admissions at end of life," she said.
Order or download the caring@home resources via caringathomeproject.com.au.