If you would like to learn how to maintain a positive approach to living well through all stages of a life-limiting illness (or care for someone who does), the Palliative Approach Wellness program can help.
Designed by qualified clinicians, our Palliative Approach Wellness program can help you and your carer focus on active comfort and having important life decisions and preferences supported.
The Palliative Approach Wellness program is designed to ensure you remain as active, independent and prepared as possible, living the way you want and doing the things you wish to do.
It will support you to live your best life with family and friends, make new and valuable memories and tailor care to maintain your current lifestyle for as long as possible. The program will help you to have sensitive conversations about end of life care with your health professionals and family.
The program will cover all aspects of a palliative approach to lifestyle, spiritual and emotional wellness, as well as information on planning ahead both medically and financially.
The program is not just for people at the end stages of an illness, but for anyone interested in preparing for this stage in advance.
- Understand a palliative approach.
- Support to manage wellbeing, nutrition, pain and fatigue.
- Support discussions about your advance preferences and Power of Attorney.
About the program
This is a 16-week program including two clinical sessions at the beginning and the end, where you will receive your individual health assessment. A weekly 2-hour group session will run for the 14 weeks in between (face-to-face or virtual).
With the assistance of our Registered Nurses, you will learn about a palliative approach to end of life care, learn how to manage your wellness through each stage of your life-limiting illness, set goals, attend to advance care planning and receive support on how to connect with services when you need them. Carers of those with life-limiting illnesses will also benefit from the program with specific resources to support them.
As part of this program, you will receive:
- An educational manual with information on palliative approach wellness for your reference.
- An iHealth health monitoring device which you can keep upon completion of this program.
- A borrowed iPad (for the duration of the program) to help increase your access to identified support and participate in the program.
- An individualised health check and health plan.
- Eligibility criteria for the Palliative Approach Wellness program includes being aged over 65 years or 50 for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people.
How can I access this service?
You can access this service in several ways, depending on your needs and individual situation.
You can attend one of our Wellness or Activity Centres to take part in this service.Join us at one of our Wellness or Activity Centres for this service.
A team member can help take you from A to B in your local community.Learn more about services in your community
We can deliver this service to you over a video call on a computer or tablet.Learn more about our virtual services
How can I pay?
There are several ways to access our services and programs, including the funding options outlined below.
Home Care Package and Commonwealth Home Support Program options.More information
You can choose to pay for our programs and services yourself if you’re not receiving government funding.
Frequently Asked Questions
Our Palliative care support provides individualised care to improve your quality of life and help you stay independent for as long as possible. Palliative care can help you manage your illness, particularly pain and symptoms so you can continue to live life as well as you can.
Can the Palliative Wellness program be catered for specific culturally and linguistically diverse/LGBTIQA+ community needs?
Yes, this service can be aligned with your values and preferences. We will take the time to learn your individual cultural and care needs so they are always considered when making our recommendations. We will also encourage you to set meaningful goals and help you to achieve them. You may also have your preferred support person included during the program or access interpreting services if required.
This program is run by Registered Nurses and Endorsed Enrolled Nurses.
Yes, all participants will receive an iPad with a data plan, an iHealth device and an educational manual containing information on palliative wellness.
Yes, our team can assist you with setting up iPad and iHealth devices and provide you ongoing support througout the duration of the program.
You may keep the iHealth device and educational manual, however iPads will need to be returned upon the completion or cancellation of the program.
You are encouraged to attend all sessions, but you can read the program manual to catch up on the ones you have missed. If you are unable to finish the program due to personal or health related reasons, we will assess your situation and add you to another program when it becomes available.
Yes, this program provides individuals with an understanding of what Palliative care means and prepares us for the future regardless of our current health status.
Will there be opportunities to share stories from our own experiences or experiences our loved ones are currently going through?
Yes, this program provides time for discussion and support amongst the group. Individuals share ideas and suggestions to assist one another through difficult times.
Will this program benefit me if I am a carer or friend of someone with a life limiting condition/illness?
Yes, this program will benefit anyone that has been touched or has a friend or family member touched by a life limiting condition/illness as it provides resources, education and support.
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