Palliative Care

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is a specialised approach to easing pain for people with serious or life threatening illnesses.

Care focuses on providing you with relief from the symptoms and stress by improving the quality of life for both yourself and your family. A palliative care approach to care can last for years, relieving pain at every point from diagnosis onwards.

It is therefore appropriate at any age and at any stage of a serious illness.

Which illnesses benefit from Palliative Care?

Palliative care from KinCare assists with serious illnesses such as cancer, cardiac disease, motor neurone disease, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and end-stage kidney or lung disease to manage symptoms and improve their quality of life.

You can also choose to receive palliative care and continue to pursue other life-prolonging programs, including chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.

A tailored palliative care plan helps with a wide range of physical, emotional or day to day issues, including,

  • Pain
  • Constipation
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Bowel or bladder problems
  • Loss of appetite, weight loss
  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing
  • Depression
  • Mental confusion
  • Weakness
  • Difficulty sleeping

Palliative Care also helps you gain the strength to carry on with daily life. It improves your ability to tolerate medical treatments. A tailored plan also helps you have more control over your care by improving your understanding of your choices for treatment.

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Our Approach

A serious illness affects more than just the body. It touches all areas of a your life, as well as lives of your family members

That’s why we bring together a diverse team of expert health professionals who will work closely with your GP and specialists to support your physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs.

Our team includes Registered Nurses, Enrolled Nurses, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Social workers, Dietitians and Home Care Workers to support you.

Pain Management

It’s important that you have the reassurance of having professional support and advice about managing your pain. Our staff can help with medications and are experienced in managing rapid changes to your health. We can also help give you injections and manage syringe drivers, catheters and intravenous lines. Other approaches that can help with your pain management include heat and cold packs, music, massage and distraction techniques.

Symptom Control

Sometimes you may need help with wound care, continence problems, and symptoms like nausea, vomiting, weakness, shortness of breath and dehydration. Our experienced staff can provide you and your family with advice, training, help choose the right wound care products and provide hands on care for your circumstances.

Care and Support

We know that activities like showering or bathing, cleaning the house, or attending to the shopping and meal preparation can have a considerable impact on you or your families time and energy. We recognise this is a challenging time for you and your family and can provide you with assistance with all of your diverse needs. Where appropriate we also help you access pastoral care or spiritual support as needed.

Palliative Care vs. Hospice Care

Hospice care and palliative care are related, but different.

Both palliative care and hospice care provide comfort. But palliative care can begin at diagnosis, and at the same time as treatment.

Hospice care is the supportive care to people in the final phase of a terminal illness with a focus on comfort and quality of life, rather than cure. The goal of palliative care and hospice care is for you to be comfortable and free of pain, so you live each day as fully as possible.

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Getting out and about

Being connected to your family, friends and community is one of the things that makes life worthwhile. At KinCare we encourage you to maintain your social connections and also make new ones. Getting to and from events or appointments, learning new ways to connect with others who share your interests, or companionship and a friendly chat at home, KinCare can be there to help.

Social Support

How do you want to stay connected to people? That’s where we start at KinCare.

Social Support Group

Expand your social circle by going on fun and affordable social outings with others in your community.

Social Support Technology

Want to catch up with friends and family in far away places? Our tech support services can help you broaden your world.

Transport

A helping hand for when you need to get to appointments, shop, or just be out and about.

Help around the home

Everybody could do with a helping hand around the home, or assistance and advice for looking their best. Our staff are committed to taking the same care of you and your home as they do of their own family. Ensuring you are safe and comfortable in your home, that your daily needs are met, and even that your pets receive that little extra bit of attention, KinCare has you covered.

Home Maintenance

Our home maintenance service helps keep your home safe, comfortable and welcoming.

Domestic Assistance

Be it regular cleaning, or help with specific tasks that may have become difficult, we deliver a service to your satisfaction.

Personal Care

Our personal touch, delivered with respect and dignity, can help you look and feel your best every day.

Food Services

Tasty, nutritional meals are an important part of staying healthy, active and engaged.

Rest and renewal

Taking care of someone is such an important job, and part of that job is taking care of yourself. You need time for yourself – to catch up with friends, to look after your own health and personal needs, and take care of the day-to-day tasks that keep your life running smoothly. KinCare’s experienced, caring staff can step in with regular or flexible respite care, so you can take care of your physical and emotional well being knowing your loved one is in good hands.

Flexible Respite

When the unexpected happens our Flexible Respite service can be there for you.

Specialist health services

KinCare provides a range of health care services to support your physical and emotional health and well-being. Being able to receive nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy or palliative care at home can make your life so much easier. No sitting around in uncomfortable waiting rooms, no transport hassles - instead you'll get regular, reliable appointments, and the reassurance of expert care from experienced professionals.

Nursing

Our highly qualified registered nurses deliver expert care while developing those personal relationships that are so valuable for quality of life.

Keeping Mobile & Preventing Falls

Our therapists support your independence, mobility and confidence so you can move around your home and neighbourhood safely.

Occupational Therapy

Assisting with general mobility, installing safety equipment or managing pain due to injury or arthritis, our fully qualified and trained OTs are able to help.

Palliative Care

If you or your loved one have a serious or life-limiting illness our palliative care nurses prioritise comfort, dignity and quality of life.