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A meaningful end: new tools help staff and residents face death

“Dying is an art, like everything else.”

So said Sylvia Plath in her poem, Lady Lazarus.

And like any art, it is often hard to fathom what works best: and with dying we only get one chance to get it right.

In conjunction with Palliative Care Week, Meaningful Ageing Australia released two new resources for aged care homes to better deal with the end of life process.

Aiming at moving past the clinical needs of the patient and looking at emotional and spiritual needs, The Spirituality of Dying Workshop Facilitator’s Guide provides straightforward material for organisations to increase the skill of all staff.

They have also developed the implementation tool, Older people are supported to prepare for end of life, which supports organisations with the National Guidelines for Spiritual Care in Aged Care.

This can help with advance care planning, how to approach conversations about death and a raft of other ideas which can better equip staff in difficult situations.

Aged Care Insite heard more about these resources from Ilsa Hampton, CEO of Meaningful Ageing Australia.

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