Last Days Program

Improving the experience of families and communities in the last days of life

HammondCare and Sydney North Health Network have partnered to develop an education course, which provides skills and confidence to help a person in the last months, weeks and days of their life.

The Last Days Program aims to provide simple and effective education to carers, family, friends and community about palliative care. The program will enhance public discussion about death and dying; by improving awareness, create engagement and strengthen the community’s ability to be a more death literate society.

The education course aims to:

  • Increase skills, confidence and provide resources to support and assist loved ones and their family in the last weeks and days of life.
  • Encourage open discussion about death and dying.
  • Encourage communities to seek support and be active in making and documenting end-of-life choices for individuals.
  • To provide a place to reflect and discuss death and dying, breaking down notions that preparing for end of life is technical, private and hidden.

The course will consist of four short modules delivered to members of the community to improve awareness of palliative care. The course has been developed in consultation with community members with life experience and will be delivered by specialist palliative care clinicians and educators.

As a leader in palliative care, HammondCare is both committed and well equipped to develop this program which will be initially piloted in Northern Sydney. Leveraging from the recognition of an ageing population within the community, including emerging public health approaches such as compassionate communities and Dying to Know Day, the program aims to improve the experience for all families at end of life.

Key modules in the program

Introduction to Last Days

  • What is palliative care?
  • What care is available to you?
  • We all have choices
  • What is important to you?

Advance care planning and decision making

  • What is advance care planning?
  • Who would you trust to make your health decisions?
  • What do all these definitions mean?

Symptom Management

  • Dying – it’s a natural process
  • In the Last Days
  • Symptoms you might experience
  • Caring for your loved one - food
  • What they may experience
  • Living life until the end

Rituals and Regulations in the last days

  • Different approaches to death and dying
  • Where to die and who can help us?
  • The moments after death
  • Funerals and conversations
  • All that ADMIN!
  • Grief and Loss


Pilot programs will be held in Northern Sydney in 2020. Following an evaluation of the program a series of sessions will be offered to public.

 

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