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.
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