An Aboriginal Health Worker or Liaison Officer may help Aboriginal people and their family and carers feel more comfortable and at ease with their care.
Some factors that we need to consider when an Aboriginal person is receiving palliative care in hospital include: There may be certain cultural practices that need to be followed after the death of an Aboriginal person.
Anger can affect the way people talk, act and accept their treatment and it is a common reaction to a life-threatening illness.
The following are some communication strategies we can use to help older people and their families in palliative care who are experiencing emotional symptoms: These strategies may not solve the issue every time and we may need to call on support from experienced and senior clinicians, but often just listening to the person’s concerns, displaying empathy and validation can diffuse a situation and provide the person with some sense of control in a situation that can be very disempowering.
People receiving palliative care can experience heightened emotions and may value the opportunity to express their identity and culture and to practise their spiritual and religious rituals.
We need to enhance our ability to respond to people’s individual wishes so that we can provide quality and respectful care.
Aged Care Diversity Framework CALD and LGBTI aged care strategies Building capacity for the emerging aged care needs of CALD communities Partners in Culturally Appropriate Care (PICAC) LGBTI resources and sensitivity training Care Leavers Regardless of background, life experience, culture, or sexuality, it’s important that aged care is appropriate, accessible, and sensitive to the diverse individual needs of older Australians.
People from one country may have different religions.
Customs or values that people may have that are important in relation to palliative care may include: When a person is nearing the end of their life, it is important that the people they choose are included and recognised in their healthcare.
Depression may result in a loss of pleasure or interest in things around them.
Depressed people may feel hopeless or helpless and become isolated from those around them.
It is important that you find out from the older Aboriginal person their cultural and spiritual values and preferences in relation to: For some Aboriginal people, these cultural and spiritual needs may be more important than meeting physical needs, such as pain relief.