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Carers, family and friends

Carers, family and friends

Palliative caring
This practical reference booklet by Palliative Care WA aims to help family and friends who are involved in caring for someone with a life-limiting illness or condition. It does not aim to present detailed medical or nursing information but provides sources where further information can be obtained if required. While there is no instruction manual to guide people through this difficult and emotional process, being informed and having access to clear information does help.

How can I support my friend or family member?
Finding out that someone you know – a relative, acquaintance, workmate, or friend – is going to die comes as a shock. Their world has suddenly changed. Anxiety, sadness and even anger at the news are all quite common reactions. Many people, though, choose to see themselves as living with a disease or condition, rather than dying from it. This brochure explains that the person will be receiving care that aims to help them live as well as possible and to stay in control. This involves looking after all their needs with physical, emotional, social, cultural and spiritual support. Importantly, it also involves caring for the person’s family and carers.

How to care
The CareSearch website’s ‘How to care’ section provides information for carers on the practical things that can help daily life.

Carers WA
Carers WA supports the palliative care sector as a member of PCWA. Carers WA is a non-profit, community-based organisation and registered charity dedicated to improving the lives of the estimated 320,000 family carers living in Western Australia. Services include counselling and an advisory line.

Alzheimer’s WA
Alzheimer’s WA supports the palliative care sector as member of PCWA. Dementia is a terminal illness which requires a palliative approach to support and care. Alzheimer’s WA has a wide range of specialised support services, including respite, counselling, education and social programs for people living with dementia and their carers and families.

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