Offering a service of comprehensive care & support

ADMISSION CRITERIA

WHO QUALIFIES FOR HOSPICE CARE?

Hospice care is available to anyone with an advancing and potentially terminal illness, who is likely to benefit from the skills of the hospice care team. This includes those with Cancer, HIV/AIDS and Motor Neurone Disease. We require the patient’s permission and a referral from their medical doctor for our services to commence.

To all our patients we offer an inter-disciplinary team which includes, but is not limited to, doctors, nurses, social workers, care workers, clergy and volunteers.

WHAT IS PALLIATIVE CARE?

Palliative care is the holistic care of someone diagnosed with a life threatening illness. It aims to maintain and improve the quality of life of patients, and offers support during the course of the illness and, following the death of the patient, for their family and friends. It includes pain management and symptom control, psychological, emotional and spiritual counselling and is offered to any and all whether or not they are able to pay. For more information, see the World Health Organization’s definitions of palliative care for adults and children.

PALLIATIVE CARE PROVIDES:

Relief from pain and other distressing symptoms.

Affirms life and regards dying as a normal process.

Intends neither to hasten nor postpone death.

Integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care.

Offers a support system to help patients to live as actively as possible until passing away.

Offers a support system to help the family cope during the patient’s illness and in their bereavement.

Uses a team approach to address the needs of patients and their families, including bereavement counseling, if required.

Will enhance the quality of life of patients and positively influence the course of illness.

Is applicable early in the course of illness, in conjunction with other therapies that are implemented to prolong life, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy, and includes those investigations needed to better understand and manage distressing clinical complications.