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.