Palliative Care

Palliative care is a comprehensive service for those diagnosed with a life threatening illness, when relief from symptoms or pain management may be required.

Our aim is to provide physical, spiritual and emotional comfort, skilled symptom control, good communication as well as support for the family both during the final stages of illness and in the bereavement period.

Patients are admitted to inpatient units for short periods for pain and symptom control and care during the last days of life when care at home is not possible. Care is provided by a multi-disciplinary team of health professionals who are competent in assessing the needs of each patient.

Inpatient accommodation is spacious, with single and four bedded rooms all with access to outside garden areas.  Services vary across facilities and include inpatient units, day hospitals, outpatient clinics and after-hours telephone advice for people registered with the palliative care service, and community based services and community assessment.

Palliative Care Home Support Program

For many people, one of their greatest wishes is to spend their last days at home, in familiar surroundings, with family and other loved ones at hand. HammondCare’s Palliative Care Home Support Program provides end of life care in the home, to support people who wish to remain at home and their families. It’s designed to help you make the most of your final time together.

Please visit the Palliative Care Home Support Program page for more information.

Palliative Care Education & Training

HammondCare provides palliative care education and training for both residential aged care and at-home care settings. A range of topics are included, such as palliative care considerations for people with dementia, pain management in palliative care, and grief and loss.

Please visit the Education & Training page for more information.

Palliative Care Bridge

The Palliative Care Bridge is a state-wide, palliative care online education program coordinated and delivered by the HammondCare Consortium, comprising HammondCare, Sacred Heart Health Service and Calvary Healthcare Sydney.

Visit the Palliative Care Bridge here.

Palliative Care Bereavement Counselling Services

Bereavement counselling is a confidential discussion with a specially trained professional who can support you to explore the impact of your loss and identify strategies for coping as well as possible. Family and friends of someone who has died and who was known to a palliative care service (HammondCare or another service) and who lives in the Northern Sydney Local Health District or the South West Sydney Local Health District are able to utilise this service free of charge.

Please visit the Bereavement Counselling Page for more information.

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