Palliative Care… it’s more than you think

20 May 2020

Palliative Care… it’s more than you think

When you hear the words “Palliative Care” do you think that it’s the type of care you receive only at the very end of life, when the medical system has given up hope? If so, you wouldn’t be the only one but it’s far from the truth.

Palliative care can be available to people from the time they are first diagnosed with a life-limiting illness; and you can receive palliative care for a long time before your die, alongside other types of treatment.

Palliative care can help people with life-limiting illnesses to live as well as possible, for as long as possible – supporting their physical, emotional, spiritual and social needs.

National Palliative Care Week, 24th - 30th May 2020, is an opportunity to better understand what palliative care can offer.

A good starting point is taking a look at the Palliative Care WA FAQ sheet https://phexchange.wapha.org.au/37503/widgets/221661/documents/168739 or by attending the various Palliative Care WA community on-line “Understanding Palliative Care” forums being held on 26, 27 and 28 May.

Details of these and other events can be found on the Great Southern Compassionate Communities site https://phexchange.wapha.org.au/great-southern-compassionate-communities

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