Palliative Care

What is palliative care?

Palliative care helps people live their life as fully and as comfortably as possible when living with a life-limiting or terminal illness. The management of symptoms in palliative care is important for supporting the persons functioning as they progress through their illness. Our nurses receive extensive training in order to be able to provide holistic care and support to you and your loved ones through these difficult times.

When planning your palliative care needs and management, Vital Home Health Services will take into consideration your End of Life Directive and will provide services and supports based on your wishes. If at any time your wishes or needs change, Vital Home Health Services will tailor the services and supports provided to you to allow for these changes.

At Vital Home Health Services, person-centred care is at the heart of our services, where each client receives a service that is personalised, tailored and that takes into account each and every aspect of the person’s life, personal surroundings and preferences.

Palliative care at home

Vital Home Health Services believes that home is where the heart is, and it is at home you will be most comfortable and relaxed. Receiving palliative care at home means that our clients are surrounded by their belongings and memories, ensuring their sense of safety and security in their own home whilst receiving the best care and support by our experienced nurses and support staff.

Some of the palliative care at home services our caring team provide include:


Personal care such as washing & feeding


Pain management

Medication management

Social care (such as emotional support and conversing)

Auxiliary care (such as shopping & transportation)

Symptom management

Constipation management

Continence management

Spiritual support

Support for family members

Domestic care (such as cleaning and preparing meals)

Mouth care and prevention of ulcers

Pressure area care

Wound management

Psychological support

Bereavement counselling

Affirming the end of life process

Planning care (such as coordinating support)

What is the process of getting in-home palliative care?

To receive palliative care you or your loved one will need to get a referral from your GP. Then Vital Home Health Services will run through an assessment of your needs and living circumstances. From here we tailor the services to meet your identified needs and wishes.

We also ensure that if you have any other needs that they too are taken into consideration when planning your palliative care. It is our utmost priority to ensure the comfortability and wellbeing of our clients during these moments.

Coordination and integration of care

Vital Home Health Services offers in-home palliative care services as well as coordination of your support and care services.
Below are some of the many ways we can support you in the coordination of your care:

  • Moving from the hospital environment back to your own home
  • Liaising with the interdisciplinary team regarding your healthcare
  • Involving our clients in the design of services
  • Liaising with the client’s GP, specialist and the palliative care team
  • Advocacy for other services
  • Government services and supports including telephone support
  • Contact Cancer Council on 13 11 20 for cancer information and support
  • Contact the Lung Foundation Australia on 1800 654 301

Palliative Care NSW Resources:

Click any of the below to download the FREE resource.

Learn more at Palliative Care NSW:

Quit smoking information and support.

Quitting smoking is helpful even after you have been diagnosed with cancer. The following resources provide useful information and support to help you quit smoking. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist about any other questions you may have.

Call Quitline on 13 QUIT (13 78 48)

Frequently Asked Questions:

A palliative care nurse is responsible for looking after the physical and emotional needs as well as many others needs of someone who is dying, they will also offer support for the family and loved ones of the client.

A thorough list of the services our nurses and carers provide is can be found above.

Palliative care can be provided at the hospital, in a nursing or residential aged care facility and of course, is can be provided in the clients home.

Palliative care in the home is when a trusted health care service provider can visit your (or your loved ones) home and provide the support and services to ease day-to-day tasks. Providing emotional and physical support during the final moments of life.