Providing compassionate support for palliative residents and their families

Caring for and supporting our residents and their families through many stages of their life journey is something SCC (WA) is proud to be a part of. We understand that the end-of-life journey is deeply personal and emotional for individuals and their families, which is why we take a warm and compassionate approach to every aspect of palliative care. 

We are committed to providing palliative care in a safe and comfortable environment to ensure all individuals and their families feel supported during this time. Our Pastoral Care Team is available to engage with residents and their families during their final days, providing a compassionate, reassuring and comforting presence when our residents need it most.  

We believe that palliative care is not just about navigating the end-of-life journey and the close clinical care this stage of life requires. It’s also an opportunity to pause, reflect, and celebrate our residents’ lives, honouring the unique stories that have shaped them. Our Pastoral Care team possess the skills and tools to help families with this reflection and celebration of life.  

Enhancing our palliative care services through partnerships

Our residential aged care homes, Germanus Kent House (Broome), Jeremiah Donovan House (Forrestfield) and Margaret Hubery House (Rossmoyne), recently received a funding grant from End of Life Directions for Aged Care (ELDAC) that will help to develop and strengthen our palliative care services, with a focus on developing stronger linkages with service providers and networks.

ELDAC has engaged a team of facilitators to support our residential care homes through the project, which will support staff to assess, develop and implement sustainable improvements in palliative care and enhance the care we deliver to our residents.  

Sadly, many aged care residents do not have regular visitors and are at risk of dying alone. While aged care can provide the opportunity for carers and residents to form a connection over an extended period, the demand of their jobs makes it difficult for them to sit and hold the hands of someone in their final days.

We believe everyone deserves a sensitive presence right to the end, so we have launched the No One Dies Alone program in partnership with Edith Cowan University. The program made possible thanks to funding from ARIIA, will be run by our Head of Pastoral Care. It is aimed at ensuring all palliative residents have companionship in their last moments. 

Respecting life: our approach to end-of-life care

As people navigate the later stages of life, thoughts about death and even Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) may arise. We believe in respecting and valuing life, even when people may struggle to perceive its worth anymore. While our staff will not provide or assist with VAD, they are always available to discuss end-of-life care with residents, clients, and families.

Each of our services has a system that responds respectfully and compassionately to any questions about VAD. Our pastoral care team is often involved in these conversations, supporting residents in the important considerations of how to end well and the related concerns of hope and spiritual purpose.  

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