Investment in additional allied health for specialist palliative care service to improve outcomes

Specialist Palliative care services need adequate and comprehensive specialist allied health for eg: social work, counsellors, occupational therapist, physio, pharmacist and pastoral care in the community setting.  By enhancing the allied health in community palliative care will contribute to patients to stay in their home longer, improved support for patient and family to allow them to die in their own home.   This adds value to support carers especially as they are providing support for palliative care patients with activities of daily living, improving patient safety, staff and carer safety, and provides a wholistic patient centred approach to patient care by addressing the physical and psychosocial needs of the patient and their family.

Why the contribution is important

Specialist Palliative care services need adequate and comprehensive specialist allied health for eg: social work, counsellors, occupational therapist, physio, pharmacist and pastoral care in the community setting.  By enhancing the allied health in community palliative care will contribute to patients to stay in their home longer, improved support for patient and family to allow them to die in their own home.   This adds value to support carers especially as they are providing support for palliative care patients with activities of daily living, improving patient safety, staff and carer safety, and provides a wholistic patient centred approach to patient care by addressing the physical and psychosocial needs of the patient and their family.

by SueHealy on May 31, 2019 at 08:36AM

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  • Posted by parkergr May 31, 2019 at 11:12

    Absolutely agree, Allied Health in the palliative care community setting tremendously value adds to good patient and family outcomes, and has clear evidence for enhancing Quality of Life for our patient population, not to mention keeping people in their environment of choice, but also reducing the impact of death and loss on those left behind in bereavement. However there needs to be adequate investment in this arm of the health care team to maximise benefit for the community we care for.
  • Posted by AHuser May 31, 2019 at 13:58

    Timely allied health intervention can impact enormously upon a patient and care-givers quality of life by supporting them to be as safe and independent as possible including those with a life-limiting illness. By facilitating and optimising function and the environment people are able to remain in their chosen place of care (usually home) and thus avoid potentially inappropriate hospital admission.
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