There is no ‘right’ place to die, and of course we do not always get the opportunity to decide where we die. But when given the option, most people want to die comfortably and in the surroundings of their choice.
What is palliative care?
Palliative care is care that helps people live their life as fully and as comfortably as possible when living with a life-limiting or terminal illness1. It is designed around the person’s needs and preferences with the main goal being to improve the patient’s quality of life.
When a person requires palliative care, their needs, as well as those of their carers and family, often increase. Additional services and support are then required to ensure the person receives quality, coordinated care and the family has the support they need.
What is Palliative Care at Home?
Many people have a preference to die at home2. This means the patient can receive the care and support needed while surrounded by their family, friends and pets, all in the comfort and privacy of their home.
At Medibank, we want our customers to have choice over where they receive their end-of-life care. For customers who are eligible and clinically appropriate to participate in our Palliative Care at Home trial, we bring a team of palliative care specialists into the home. The team may include doctors, nurses, social workers, counsellors, pastoral care workers and trained volunteers who’ll look after the physical, emotional, spiritual and social needs of the person, and provide practical and emotional support for their family.