You are visiting the 2019 PCC4U website. Throughout 2020 there will be two active PCC4U sites. Please check with your education provider that you are on the correct site. For access to the 2020 PCC4U site, go to www.pcc4u.org.au

 

 

Topic 5: Optimising function in palliative care

Maintenance of physical, psychological, and social functioning is important to ensure optimal quality of life for people with life-limiting conditions and their families.

Overview

Topic 5: Optimising function in palliative care will help you develop your understanding of how to provide support for people with life-limiting conditions and their families. In particular, it focuses on issues of loss and establishing goals of care.

Aims & Objectives

After completing this topic, you should be able to:

  • recognise the different responses and emotions of people living with life-limiting conditions and their families
  • discuss strategies for facilitating collaborative decision-making on care goals with people with life-limiting conditions and their families
  • identify management strategies that will optimise physical, psychological and social function for people with life-limiting conditions and their families.

Sessions

5.1 Living with a life-limiting condition – experiencing loss

  • describe the range of experiences of loss at the end of life
  • Common experiences of loss at the end of life
  • Case story – Bob’s story

5.2 Goals of care and advance care planning

  • describe strategies for establishing goals of care for people with life-limiting conditions
  • describe the role of advance care planning in palliative care
  • describe ethical and legal considerations impacting people with life-limiting conditions
  • Establishing goals of care
  • Family meetings
  • Documenting goals of care
  • Advance care planning
  • Ethical considerations
    • Collusion, disclosure and ‘truth telling’
    • Case study – Mrs Li’s story
    • Organ and tissue donation

5.3 Optimising physical and social function

  • identify strategies and resources to optimise function for people with life limiting conditions
  • Outline the management of malignant wounds at end of life
  • Assessing and supporting function
  • Role of allied health in supporting function
  • Role of communities and caregivers in supporting function
  • Case study – Supporting Bob’s functional status
  • Malignant wounds

The EN Toolkit eLearning Topics can be accessed through the red buttons on the EN Toolkit homepage.