Quality Approach to Palliative Care

 

Focus on the whole health and social care system supporting quality end of life which is not limited to care delivered by Specialist Palliative Care.

Holistic Assessment on admission and care Planning

PEOLC tools completed on admission combined with advance care planning conversations and standardised documentation integrated into clinical systems.

Ongoing assessment to identify and address changing needs

Active recognition of cues, changes in behaviours and awareness of patient, resident or client complexity. Thorough and regular assessment of needs with rapid response to changing needs.

Supported advance care planning

Repeated good conversations regarding advance care planning that starts early in a patient, resident or client’s last year of life.

Access to specialist Palliative Care when needed

Clear criteria, pathways and processes to ensure patients, residents and clients who require specialist Palliative Care receive timely care.

Dignified dying in place of choice

Early documentation of person’s preference for place of death.

Support for grief and bereavement

Empathetic connections and clear pathways for clinical and non clinical grief and bereavement support.


Monitoring: Evidence and Measures

The key tools used to monitor are:

  • National Aged Care Quality Standard 2 & 3
  • PACOP
  • % RACF Residents identifies as being in their last 12 months of life
  • % Advance Care Plans
  • % RACF Residents with Advance Care Plan loaded to My Health Record
  • % RACF Residents die in location of choice

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