Quality of End of Life Care Newsletter Edition Two - December 2019

Palliative Care in Residential Aged Care Education Days, participant feedback

  • In depth presentations relating to our career
  • I now feel confident on how to deal with the last stage of life
  • Self-Care in the workplace was very useful and important in our role
  • End of Life Flip Chart was Excellent
  • Breathlessness Fan tip for Breathing
  • Starting the conversation around End of Life Care
  • Flip Chart, Resources and Case Study’s
  • Definition of Advanced Care Planning and Advanced Care Directives
  • Bereavement needs of families
  • Drug Therapy

Using technology for pain management

Department of Health grants are available to residential care homes for a 12 month period.

What is it and how does it work?

PainChek® is the world’s first pain assessment tool that has regulatory clearance in Australia and Europe. Using AI and facial recognition technology, PainChek® provides carers across multiple clinical areas with three important new clinical benefits: https://www.painchek.com/

  1. The ability to identify the presence of pain, when pain isn’t obvious
  2. To quantify the severity level of pain, when pain is obvious, and;
  3. To monitor the impact of treatment to optimise overall care

Funding is available from the Department of Health

Follow this link to access the expression of interest (EOI) campaign for residential aged care organisations to complete 12 month funded grants available: http://painchek.com/painchek-grant/

Advance care planning

Have you got the latest copy of the NSW Ambulance authorise care plan (May 2019)? Download here.

Advance Care Planning Australia - Position Statement ACD's within Community and Residential Aged Care

In Australia, there is significant aged care legislation, policy, regulation and services reform underway to promote quality and safe aged care. The reform of aged care promotes many improvements including enhanced choice and control in decision-making for older Australians. Read more here

Article of interest – Grief

In Australia, there is significant aged care legislation, policy, regulation and services reform underway to promote quality and safe aged care. The reform of aged care promotes many improvements including enhanced choice and control in decision-making for older Australians. Read more here

Kintsugi Art and Healing from Grief

By repairing broken ceramics it’s possible to give a new lease of life to pottery that becomes even more refined thanks to its “scars”. The Japanese art of kintsugi teaches that broken objects are not something to hide but to display with pride

https://driverworks.blogspot.com/2018/01/kintsugi-art-and-healing-from-grief.html

What else are we working on for 2020

  • Aged Care Quality Standards evidence and support documents
  • Tele-education
  • ACP Pathway for RACH
  • ACP Supported Life Decision document
  • Education Days – March 2020