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Aged Care Glossary

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End of life care

End of life care or palliative care is care provided for people of all ages who have a life limiting illness, with little or no prospect of cure, and the primary aim is to achieve the best possible quality of life for the person and their family. Palliative care uses a holistic approach – managing pain and other symptoms, whilst also addressing the physical, emotional, cultural, social and spiritual needs of the person, their family and their carers. It focuses on 'living' well until death.

Enduring power of attorney

An enduring power of attorney allows you to delegate the management of your affairs even if you’re no longer able to understand the implications such as if you become mentally incapacitated. However, an enduring power of attorney can only be given while you’re able to understand the nature and effect of the document.

Enhanced Primary Care

he Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) program aims to provide more preventative care for older Australians and improve coordination of care for people with chronic conditions and complex care needs. Medicare provides rebates for certain allied health services, such as physiotherapists and dental care services, that may be provided to patients who have a chronic medical condition and complex care needs being managed by their GP under an EPC plan.

Ex-prisoners of war

The Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) provides support for Australians who were prisoners of war and for eligible family members. DVA also assists Australian ex-prisoners of war by paying some residential aged care costs.