Napier Street Aged Care South Melbourne

Palliative care

What is palliative care?

Palliative care is a specialized approach to care which focuses on providing relief from pain, symptoms, and managing stress for individuals facing serious illnesses. The primary goal of palliative care is to improve the quality of life for residents and their families, regardless of the stage of the disease or the potential for recovery. We are able to provide this type of care in a warm, relaxed environment, and can tailor to the wishes of the individual resident.

Palliative care is not limited to end-of-life care; it can be initiated at any point during a serious illness, alongside curative treatments. The care team, which includes doctors, nurses, social workers, and other healthcare professionals, works collaboratively to address physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs.

Benefits of palliative care

Improved quality of life

Palliative care focuses on managing pain and symptoms, enhancing the residents comfort, and addressing emotional and psychological needs. This leads to an overall improvement in the residents quality of life, making their journey through illness more manageable and fulfilling.

Comprehensive support

Palliative care is a team-based approach that involves doctors, nurses, social workers, counselors, and other healthcare professionals. This multidisciplinary team collaboratively addresses all aspects of a residents well-being, providing holistic support for them and their family.

Increased family involvement

Palliative care involves the family and whoever the resident wants involved  in the decision-making process and provides them with guidance and support. This involvement helps others understand the residents condition better and empowers them to provide care and support more effectively.

Respect for resident wishes

Palliative care focuses on aligning treatments with the residents goals and preferences. It respects autonomy and ensures that wishes are honored, promoting a sense of dignity and control over what is happening.

The difference between palliative care and end-of-life care

Palliative care focuses on providing relief from pain, symptoms, and stress at any stage of a serious illness, aiming to improve the patient's quality of life. It can be initiated alongside curative treatments and does not require a specific life expectancy. End-of-life care, also known as hospice care, is specifically for patients with a terminal illness or a prognosis of six months or less to live. Its primary goal is to ensure the patient's comfort and dignity during the final stages of life when curative treatments are no longer pursued.

Why choose Napier Street for palliative care?

Expert palliative care team

Our dedicated team of experienced and compassionate healthcare professionals specializes in palliative care. They are well-equipped to address the unique needs of patients with serious illnesses, providing personalized and attentive support.

Holistic approach

At Napier Street, we take a holistic approach to palliative care, focusing not only on symptom management but also on addressing emotional, social, and spiritual needs. We aim to enhance the overall well-being and comfort of our patients.

Family-centered care

We recognize the significance of family involvement in palliative care. At Napier Street, we provide emotional and practical support to families, ensuring they feel supported and informed during this challenging time.

Comfortable & supportive environment

Our facility is designed to provide a warm and welcoming environment, promoting a sense of tranquility and security for patients and their families. We understand the importance of a peaceful setting during this sensitive time.

Common palliative
care FAQs

How is the family involved in palliative aged care?


Family members are encouraged to be actively involved in the palliative care process. They can participate in care planning, decision-making, and receive support through the journey.

Can palliative aged care be tailored to individual preferences?


Yes, palliative aged care is personalized to meet the unique needs and preferences of the resident and their family. It aims to respect the person's wishes and provide care according to their goals and values.

What services are provided during palliative aged care?


Palliative aged care encompasses pain management, symptom control, emotional support, spiritual care, social services, and bereavement support for the resident and their family.

How is palliative aged care different from other forms of aged care?


Palliative aged care differs from other forms of aged care as it specifically focuses on end-of-life care and providing comfort and support during this stage of a person's life.

When is palliative aged care appropriate?


Palliative aged care is suitable for seniors with a terminal illness or those with complex healthcare needs that require specialized support and pain management.

What is palliative aged care?


Palliative aged care is specialized care provided to seniors with advanced, life-limiting illnesses or conditions. The focus is on managing symptoms, promoting comfort, and enhancing the quality of life during this phase.

Napier Street Aged Care Services South Melbourne