ELDAC COVID-19 Webinar Series
What Age Care Providers Need to Know About Older Australians and End of Life Care
The aged care sector is facing an unprecedented challenge with the COVID-19 pandemic. Older Australians have an increased mortality rate if they contract COVID-19 and depending on their pre-morbid condition careful consideration is required to ensure the best care is provided within the right setting. Conversations around treatment decisions and quality of life are critical to ensure an individual’s wishes are known. This webinar series provide a Q&A style format for frontline staff with experts within the aged care and specialist palliative care sectors to explore a broad range of issues facing those working in the aged care sector.
The aim of the webinars is to identify the palliative care issues facing residential aged care and home care providers in the context of COVID-19. Topics discussed include:
- Understanding the palliative care clinical management needs of a resident/client with COVID-19, including recognition and management of deterioration.
- Processes and decision making around transfer to hospital.
- Access to and delivery of end of life medications.
- Home care co-ordination through integration arrangements with General Practitioners, community palliative care teams and geriatrician outreach services, including telehealth.
- Residential Aged Care services accessing external supports, such as specialist palliative care, General Practitioners, geriatric outreach services and nurse practitioners, including the use of telehealth.