See below - report from the Community Forum meeting held on 17th May, 2016.
Palliative care and end of life issues are increasingly being discussed within the community. If you are interested in considering this important subject you will find the following link to two essays title “Dear Life –caring for the elderly” published in the Quarterly Essay Journal.
In her pertinent and superbly crafted essay, Karen Hitchcock writes: “In my experience, most families and patients do not want to go home once dying begins. If they do, the services are terribly sparse.” My experience has been different.
Twenty-seven years of caring for the dying, in acute public or private hospital, hospice, aged-care institution or at home, has left me in no doubt that, when it can be managed, home is the best place in which to die, and is commonly appreciated as such by many patients and families. True, services to support a home death may be sparse, but it is important not to overestimate what a home death requires, nor to underestimate what can be achieved with quite modest intervention.
Authors Ian Maddocks Emeritus professor and 2013 Senior Australian of the Year Karen Hitchcock, a doctor and writer working in a large metropolitan hospital.
An alliance of 48 aged care consumers, providers and staff groups say both major parties need to promise to address the shortfall in residential places and home care services.
The National Aged Care Alliance says it is launching a campaign because both the Coalition and Labor have so far been silent on the care needs of older Australians.
"Too often in elections older Australians don't get the priority that they should," Council on the Ageing (COTA) chief executive Ian Yates said.
"We have had elections in the near past when neither party actually issued an aged care policy, so we are asking the parties to be much more explicit with the Australian people about what we're doing for the care of older Australians, much earlier in the campaign."
The alliance said figures from the Productivity Commission showed over 40 per cent of people eligible for some form of home care waited more than three months to receive the service.
Successful BACA Community organisations' meeting : the first of an ongoing process, focusing on the needs of the ageing population of the Bellarine.
Bellarine Aged Care Association Inc (BACA) has issued an invitation to over sixty organisations on the Bellarine Peninsula
Bellarine Aged Care Association Inc (BACA) has issued an invitation to over sixty organisations on the Bellarine Peninsula to attend a meeting on the17 May 2016 for representatives to discuss matters affecting the ageing population of the Bellarine.
BACA is hoping to establish a community platform for representatives to discuss the services currently being provided and the need for these services to be expanded as the aged population continues to increase over the next decade.
Official BACA Committee Communications
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