Supporting carers through matters of life and death

Published: 17 May 2023

End-of-life care and decision making can be extremely challenging says Shanna Provost. The end-of-life specialist educator cites 2022 research finding 90 percent of Australians say planning for care options in the face of serious or terminal illness is important, while only 40 percent go on to do anything about it.

To help turn that discussion into action, the author of the Rest Easy Journal will host an information session for people caring for a terminally ill friend or family member.

“Caring for our terminally ill loved ones can be really tough,” Ms Provost said.

“While carers are usually supported by a team of doctors, nurses, allied-health professionals, and even specialist volunteers, they can still find themselves overwhelmed.

“We’ll discuss simple strategies and tools that help carers feel confident as they support loved ones through life-limiting disease like dementia, heart and kidney disease, and cancer.”

The free information session will be held at the Moruya Library on Thursday 25 May from 10.30 to 11.30am as a part of National Palliative Care Week events across the country. Ms Provost said the workshop would help carers find confidence.

“Self-care, the courage to ask for support, and knowing how to find a team of helpers is vital. I’ll have proven tips and resources that help carers support their loved ones through this very tender time,” she said.

Bookings essential through the event webpage or contact Shanna Provost on 4474 1333.

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