National Palliative Care Week is an annual awareness raising week organised by Palliative Care Australia.
Palliative care is care that helps people live their life as fully and as comfortably as possible when living with a life-limiting or terminal illness. Palliative care identifies and treats symptoms which may be physical, emotional, spiritual or social.
Palliative care is available to people receiving aged care services, to assist in managing their symptoms and improve their quality of life.
People accessing aged care services have a right to talk about their end of life with loved ones, aged care staff, and doctors.
People should be proactive in asking aged care providers and GP’s about the palliative care available within their service.