You Matter, Your Care Matters

Jo Spurge - Palliative Care & District Nurse Unit Manager
Thursday, 15 June 2017
The theme for this year’s National Palliative Care Week was ‘You matter, your care matters; Palliative care can make a difference’ and Portland District Health’s team is making sure that’s the case.

PDH palliative care nurse unit manager Jo Spurge said palliative care gives people the option to die at home in the comfort of their family and familiar surroundings.

Everything that can be provided in hospital can be provided at home, Ms Spurge said.

The PDH palliative care clinical nurse consultancy team also educates family members and carers about how they can help with equipment, medication and resources to make sure their loved one remains comfortable.

If people choose to die at home, we have the procedures in place to ensure they can do so safely and as comfortably as possible, Ms Spurge said.

The team also refers clients to other services such as occupational therapy, dietitians and speech pathology.

Clients also have access to a 24-hour hotline service.

Ms Spurge said people facing terminal illnesses and their families appreciated the support and care given by the palliative care program.

People appreciate being given the choice of where and how they want to spend their final days, she said.

Ms Spurge encourages all people to undertake advanced care planning to make their wishes known in case they become incapacitated and are unable to direct their health care.

It is important that you document your wishes, she said.

People wishing to undergo this process can contact Jo Spurge on PH: 5521 0674.

National Palliative Care Week was held on May 21-28 and supported by the Department of Health and Human Services to raise awareness and understanding about palliative care in the Australian community.

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