• Palliative Care

    Resthaven provides palliative care and support for residents and clients with a chronic illness or condition.


    Palliative care is not just about end of life. When treatment focus is changed from ‘cure’ to ‘care’ it can greatly improve the quality of life of residents, clients, and their families.

    Our philosophy aims to maintain or improve quality of life through the prevention and relief of suffering.

    This can include:
    • Controlling physical symptoms, such as pain
    • Support with emotional, social or spiritual needs
    • Support for carers and family
    • Respect and support of individual choices.

    Palliative and end of life care is everyone’s business, not just the domain of nurses and doctors. Dying is more than just a physical process requiring clinical/medical care. It involves social, cultural, spiritual and other domains of a person’s life.

    Resthaven staff and volunteers have much to contribute to this, whether it be direct clinical care, supporting family members, or coordinating services and resources. Resthaven provides training to ensure they are competent and confident in what is sometimes challenging but also rewarding work.

    Resthaven is one of only a handful of aged care providers in Australia that employs a palliative care nurse practitioner to provide specialist support when there are complex clinical and psychosocial needs.

    We can provide you with a number of Palliative Care resources to help you during this difficult time.

    Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner Peter Jenkin consultsResthaven employs a Nurse Practitioner Palliative Care to support residents and their family/significant others in:

    The Nurse Practitioner Palliative Care works with nursing and care staff to direct delivery of high quality palliative care and end of life care for residents. Staff are provided with education and training to meet delivery of this care.

    In residential services, staff such as the coordinating chaplain, social worker, and volunteers, work with nursing and care staff and medical practitioners to foster a team approach to meet emotional, social, and spiritual needs and preferences of residents respecting individual choices.

    Bereavement support for family and significant others is provided as needed.

    Resthaven employs a Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner to provide specialist clinical support and information to Resthaven residents, clients and their families.

    A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is a Registered Nurse who has completed both advanced university study at a Masters Degree level and extensive clinical training, and is endorsed by the Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Authority (AHPRA) to practice autonomously.

    Resthaven Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner, Peter Jenkin, is a recognised expert in his field with nearly two decades of experience in palliative care.

    Having a Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner on staff enables access to timely, specialist clinical care that works in collaboration with GPs to improve pain relief and comfort for the resident during this time.

    We have developed and implemented an in-house model of palliative and end of life care, which has reduced the number of inappropriate transfers to hospital in the last weeks of a resident’s life.

    ‘My role allows me to spend the time needed to facilitate and take part in those ‘difficult conversations’.

    Being able to improve the lives of older people as they approach the end of their lives is very satisfying.

    I enjoy the primacy of my clinical role, with the ability to also teach, conduct research and influence local and national policy.’
    – Peter Jenkin, Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner

    Palliative Care award Peter JenkinPeter has recently been presented with an award for  ‘Excellence in Palliative Care in an Aged Care Setting’ at the Palliative Care Australia (PCA) National Awards 2017.

    Read the story here

    Peter provides expertise in:

    • Assessment and management of complex physical symptoms and psychosocial support needs, including at the end of life
    • Counselling and family support
    • Facilitation of advance care planning
    • Education and support for Resthaven staff and students.

    Click here to read Peter’s blog ‘Working as a Specialist Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner in RAC’ on CareSearch

    A palliative care plan may include:

    • Various care options, nursing support and pain management that may be available
    • Management strategies for pain and other symptoms.
    • Advice and emotional, spiritual and culturally appropriate support; and how this might be provided.

     

    • Support for family members throughout the decision-making process; explanations for all those involved and what they might expect.
    • An outline of the support staff can offer through the palliative phase and the bereavement process.
    • Should extra nursing support be required, additional hours of assistance may be purchased.

    listening over lunchAt Resthaven, we provide pastoral care in all aspects of living; engaging the whole person physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

    Coordinating Chaplains are aware of the personal impact of changing circumstances, tragedy, and end of life issues, and are skilled at sensitively relating to people in times of need.

    Find out more about Pastoral Care

    Resthaven Resources

    Click here to view our Palliative Care publications

    or

    Click here to view our other Resthaven publications


    External Resources

    My Aged Care: End of Life Care

    Information for people living in the community or residential aged care homes.
    www.myagedcare.gov.au/end-life-care

    Caring for someone at the end of their life at home
    www.myagedcare.gov.au/caring-someone/caring-someone-end-their-life

    CareSearch, the palliative care knowledge network

    www.caresearch.com.au

    CareSearch is an online resource designed to help those needing relevant and trustworthy information and resources about palliative care. The website has been funded by the Australian Government as part of the National Palliative Care Program.

    CareSearch DVDs

    Click here to watch CareSearch videos.

    These provide information and support in various languages.

    DecisionAssist

    Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning for Aged Care

    • The website provides links to resources, project activities for GPs, aged care staff, and other health professionals, links, and more.
    • Specialist palliative care advice, 24/7 Ph:1300 668 908
    • Advance care planning advice, 9am – 5pm, Mon – Fri. Ph:1300 208 582
    • This webinar by Professor David Currow, Dr Karen Detering, and Peter Jenkin, focuses on individual choice and integration of people’s wishes, maintaining their comfort and working within a multidisciplinary team.

    Palliative Care Australia

    palliativecare.org.au
    Australia’s national peak body for palliative care.

    Booklet: Understanding Grief

    The Palliative Care Council of South Australia

    www.pallcare.asn.au

    202 Greenhill Rd,
    Eastwood, SA, 5063

    Telephone: (08) 8291 4137