Last Days Program

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

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

The Last Days Program provided simple and effective education to carers, family, friends, and the community about palliative care by delivering four workshops. The program allowed for increased public discussion about death and dying by improving awareness, creating engagement and strengthening the community’s ability to be more death literate.

The education course focused on:

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

An experienced HammondCare palliative care nurse delivered the program pilot in Northern Sydney between Sept 2020 and March 2021.

Leveraging 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 aimed 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

The pilot program is currently being evaluated, with plans to roll-out future workshops under consideration. If you would be interested in finding out more about the Last Days program, please submit your contact details in the box below and we will be in touch.

"I feel prepared"

“So informative. I feel prepared to confront the difficulties that come from saying farewell those we love.”

"Very reassuring"

“Very informative and reassuring. Having this knowledge makes me feel less anxious about the end of life. Thank you.”

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To find out more about the Last Day's Program, please contact us on 1300 426 666 or fill out the contact form below:

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