News & Media

28 April 2016

Help with living well until the end

Watching a loved one’s health fade due to illness like cancer or dementia can be hard for families to bear, but it doesn’t have to be a weight carried alone.

Watching a loved one’s health fade due to illness like cancer or dementia can be hard for families to bear, but it doesn’t have to be a weight carried alone.

The palliative care program at Latrobe Community Health Service can help a person with a progressive life-limiting illness and their families with pain management plans and emotional support.

“We work with other experts and services to determine what a client needs, and we advise them on what services may help them continue to live with dignity,” said Teena Twaddle, Manager Ambulatory Care at Latrobe Community Health Service.

“We coordinate care with nursing home staff to deliver the best possible care for a resident with dementia, or help support the family of a child who is dying of cancer.

“Death is not a topic which many people choose to discuss, but it helps to talk about it and plan for it – we can help arrange practical support like in-home nursing care, arranging for equipment, and that you have access to 24-hour support.”

The palliative care service is a free community-based nursing service for clients with a terminal condition living in Latrobe City and their carers. However, the cost of medication and some equipment is the responsibility of the patient.

For more information about palliative care services at Latrobe Community Health Service, visit www.lchs.com.au/aged-disability-carers/palliative-care or phone 1800 242 696.