National Palliative Care Week


Planning for your future care and legal needs

National Palliative Care Week runs from May 21 - 28.   This year’s theme centres on the importance of having open family discussions about the wishes of loved ones for their end of life care.  To do this it is important to know your options and understand the decisions you will need to make at various stages of the aged care journey.

Uniting AgeWell is supporting local communities to plan for their future care and legal needs by holding a series of free information sessions at various locations across Victoria and Northern Tasmania over the coming months.

Each session covers a different topic including advanced care planning, managing anxiety and depression, power of attorney and wills, funeral planning and residential care.  They are delivered by appropriate experts in the aged care field, including Uniting AgeWell Chaplains, palliative care specialists, psychologists, lawyers and hospital staff.

Uniting AgeWell Palliative Care Specialist Kerry Whitlock said the sessions were a great opportunity to support and engage local communities to age well.

“The feedback we have received from sessions held so far has been very positive,” said Kerry.

The sessions provide a safe, comfortable and empathetic environment for people who are on their aged care journey as well as the family members who love and support them.

“Many people have already indicated they intend to come along to every session offered at their location because the topics are meaningful to them.”

Sessions are running monthly across the following Uniting AgeWell locations:

  • Manor Lakes Community, Wyndham Vale VIC
  • Noble Park Community, Noble Park VIC
  • Newnham Community Aldersgate Village, Newnham TAS
  • Kings Meadows Community, Aldersgate, Kings Meadows TAS

For more information or to book a spot contact:

Published: Tuesday 22 May 2017