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Dying at Home NOW EASIER in NSW

By on September 30, 2014
Trish and Greg get married 36 hours before she dies

Having been blessed to be able to support a few people that I love to be able to die at home the news that the NSW Government are making these changes in support of Palliative Care is absolutely magic to me. It is definately true that it takes a village to help someone die well, and to now know there will be far greater support to enable people to be able to die at home in NSW is truly wonderful. Please read part of the article below

You can also go and read about our experience with my gorgeous sister-in-law Trish which prompted the writing of my book ‘The Intimacy of Death and Dying’

Manly Daily article about The Intimacy of Death and Dying

Manly Daily article about The Intimacy of Death and Dying

Which shares her end of life story including her being able to get married 36 hours before she died, at home. It also shares other people’s stories of being able to support their loved ones to die at home.

The Intimacy of Death and Dying

The Intimacy of Death and Dying

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can go here to read the full story of the new support being offered to Palliative Care requirements for people: 

Community aged care workers are being upskilled in palliative care as part of an integrated approach to supporting more people to die at home, reports Linda Belardi.

Until the night of Mary’s death, Frances sat vigil at Mary’s bedside.

When she arrived in the evening she would softly greet Mary and tell her that she would be with her throughout the night while her daughters slept in the room next door.

For eight nights she sat at her bedside from 10pm to 6am, keeping watch while Mary’s family took a break from the physical and emotional tolls of caring for their dying mother at home.

Frances* is one of more than 200 community aged care workers so far to receive dedicated training in palliative care home support.

As part of its four-year palliative care strategy, the NSW Government is funding the state-wide roll-out of home-based palliative care packages to support more people to fulfil their wish to die at home. Funding has been provided for the roll-out of up to 2,863 home-based palliative care packages by 2015-16.

...HammondAtHome general manager Sally Yule says the Palliative Care Home Support Program is supplementing the work carried out by specialist palliative care services in the community. “This is the coming together of the health and the aged care workforce,” she says.

The specialist palliative care teams do what they can to help people to die at home, and they do a magnificent job, but they don’t have the resources to be able to stay with a patient overnight,” Yule tells Australian Ageing Agenda.

She says the availability of care workers specifically trained in palliative care to provide overnight care or short-term respite to stressed and fatigued family carers may mean the difference between a peaceful death at home and an unwanted hospital admission.

We could not have created the magic of Trish’s dying wish if we had not had the background support of Palliative Care. They were absolute angels for us

Trish and Greg get married 36 hours before she dies

Trish and Greg get married 36 hours before she dies

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