LASA has launched a series of Making Choices for Life resource materials for use by Registered Training Organisations, care providers, staff and care recipients’ families in adopting a person-centred, palliative approach to care.

The Making Choices for Life materials, including videos and fact sheets, will assist organisations and their workforce to use a person-centred approach to caring for people with a life-threatening or life-limiting illness, or who are coming to the end of a normal ageing process.

The resources include videos and fact sheets on:

  • Advance care directives – supporting an individual client’s preferences for quality of life choices, applying an ethical-legal framework.
  • Pain – responding to and implementing strategies to manage an individual client’s pain and promote comfort and quality of life.
  • Authentic diversity – providing a supportive environment which honours the unique preferences, culture, needs and beliefs of the individual client, their families, carers and /or significant others.
  • Death and loss, our emotional responses – identifying and reflecting upon our own emotional responses to death and dying, exploring access to bereavement care and support.

LASA’s CEO Sean Rooney said Australia’s growing ageing population together with increasing rates of chronic disease in the community is driving greater demand for end of life and palliative care services.

“Good end of life care has a vital role to play in helping older Australians live well, maintain hope and stay connected with their families and loved ones at this stage of their lives.”

The training materials are freely available from LASA’s Palliative Care Resources webpage.

LASA thanks the Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council for the funding to develop the training materials.

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