Journal article

"Unexpected and Distressing": Understanding and Improving the Experience of Transferring Palliative Care Inpatients to Residential Care

Voula Kallianis, Lynette Joubert, Sue Gorman, Sonia Posenelli, Carolyn Lethborg

JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WORK IN END-OF-LIFE & PALLIATIVE CARE | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2017

Abstract

The survival of patients with advanced cancer, coupled with the increased presence of end-stage chronic illnesses in an aging population, is leading to a demand in palliative care. Due to the ongoing need for acute-pain and symptom control in hospice/palliative care units, few are able to offer long-stay admission for those whose symptoms have stabilized. When a patient no longer requires specialist palliative care services, transfer from an inpatient palliative care facility may then be necessary. A core component of the role of palliative-care social workers involves working with patients and their families/carers when the care pathway shifts and the option of residential aged care facilit..

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