How can our service help you?
Blue Mountains Palliative Support Service is a free service that provides volunteers to support people who are terminally ill in their home, in local hospitals or (for limited periods) in aged care facilities.
What is palliative care?
Palliative Care is specialised health care for people who are terminally ill or whose illness is not curable. It aims to maximise quality of life and minimise pain and other symptoms. It is a holisitic approach which considers the needs of the ‘whole’ person, including physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs. It includes the support of carers and families. It may be provided by your GP.
Who is eligible?
This service is provided free of charge to anyone with a life limiting illness, their family and carers living in the Blue Mountains.
How can I be referred to the service?
Clients are referred to us by the community nurses, general practitioners and community services.
Who are the volunteers?
Our volunteers are special people carefully selected and trained.
Volunteers undergo extensive training through NSW Health, in this specialist field. Their personal qualities include knowledge and understanding of palliative care issues, sensitivity, empathy and the willingness to be there for people with life-limiting illnesses and their family, carers and friends.
They give their time freely to provide a caring and non-judgmental presence, while at the same time being bound by professional ethics and confidentiality. They can offer both practical and emotional support.
Our volunteers are of all ages and come from a variety of backgrounds.
How does a volunteer help ?
- offering companionship
- providing respite & support for carers
- running errands such as paying bills or exchanging library books
- reading or writing letters
- assisting with recreation and hobbies
- providing help with minor practical tasks in the home
- providing occasional transport
- short outings
- providing information and resources
- providing bereavement support
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How do I contact the service?
The Blue Mountains Palliative
Support Service is located at :
Lawson Community Centre
9 New Street
PO Box 117
For any information or details you can speak to the Coordinator Katrina Simmons on:(02) 47096053 Fax: (02) 4759 1056 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Helpful sites/ useful links:
- NALAG – Telephone Grief Support Line – 02 94896644 – Email: email@example.com www.nalag.org.au
- Australian centre for Grief and Bereavement – www.grief.org.au
- Bereavement care centre Australia – www.bereavementcare.com.au
- Australian Cancer council – www.cancercouncil.com.au
- Depression – www.beyondblue.org.au
- The Natural Death Centre – www.naturaldeathcentre.org.au
- Australian Institute for Suicide Research and prevention –www.griffith.edu.au/health/australian-institute-suicide-research-prevention
- Largest suicide prevention, awareness and support website- www.suicide.org