The purpose of this short course is to enable caregivers to deliver improved palliative care to the people they are caring for. The course will improve their knowledge and understanding of palliative care by exploring a number of topics.
These include palliative care philosophy, pain and symptom management, communication and support, the last days of life and bereavement.
The course has been designed specifically to meet the needs of caregivers (unregulated care staff) working in all care settings – home care, aged residential care and hospital care. One of the strengths of the course is that it is only for caregivers, it values the contribution they make to people, family and whānau care. It is highly interactive and participants need to feel comfortable enough to join in with the activities and discussions and share their experiences. It is therefore not designed for registered or enrolled nurses. The programme may also be used to support family carers understand palliative care.
Please contact your local hospice to find out training dates in your area.