Palliative Care

Palliative care is specialised care and support provided for the terminally ill, their carers and their families, especially that provided by an organized (public or private) health service.

Palliative care is the relatively new name for the specialised way of providing supportive care for any person with a life-threatening illness approaching the end of their life.  It is available for everyone: young and old, those with cancer or any other terminal diagnosis, people of any ethnic or cultural background, whether they live in the city or the country.

Palliative care will affect all of us at some stage in our lives whether as a patient, carer, family member, neighbour or friend. When someone has an illness that cannot be cured and will lead to death, palliative care may be suggested. This may occur within any age group, not exclusively with the elderly.

Palliative care is that part of healthcare provided to people who have a progressing illness that will lead to death.Cure is no longer the aim of treatment, rather, maintaining the best quality of life possible, becomes the priority. It encompasses a holistic approach to providing physical (including treatment of pain and other symptoms), emotional, social, cultural and spiritual support and assistance.

Palliative care providers will work with you, your carer and family, where you are living or where you receive treatment. This may be at home, in a Residential Aged Care facility, in a hospital or a hospice.

Palliative care and euthanasia are ‘NOT’ the same thing. Euthanasia is when a person’s life is deliberately ended so that they avoid suffering from an incurable condition or illness. This is illegal in every State and Territory in Australia.

Palliative care is about coordinating medical and support services so that someone with a life-ending illness is made as comfortable as possible. Palliative care can help a person maintain quality of life, but it does not aim to lengthen or shorten life.

Generation Funerals will liaise and work with your palliative care provider to assist in a smooth transition are the death. We encourage you to advise your palliative care provider of yoour choice to use Generation Funerals for after death care.