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Aged Care Glossary

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Palliative approach

A palliative approach aims to improve the quality of life for people with a progressive life limiting illness and their families. It aims to reduce their suffering through early identification, assessment and holistic treatment of pain, physical, psychological, social, cultural, and spiritual needs.

A palliative approach is not delayed until the end stages of an illness or the ageing process. Instead, a palliative approach provides a focus on active comfort care and a positive approach to reducing an individual’s symptoms and distress, which facilitates residents’ and their families’ understanding that they are being actively supported through this process. Underlying the philosophy of a palliative approach is a positive and open attitude towards death and dying.

Palliative care

Palliative care is care provided for people of all ages who have a life limiting illness, with little or no prospect of cure, and for whom the primary treatment goal is quality of life. 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.

Palliative care equipment

Palliative care equipment can be loaned to families and carers for people who wish to die at home (including residential aged care facilities). Equipment may include electronic beds, pressure care mattresses, wheelchairs and hoists. Access to this equipment is making a real difference to the quality of life and independence of those being cared for at home.

For more information about how the equipment can be accessed contact Palliative Care Australia on (02) 6232 4433 or their member associations in each state and territory.

Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson's disease is a chronic, progressive disorder of the central nervous system which affects the control or direction of normal movement.