Health district offers home care for the dying

Terminally ill patients in western Sydney who would prefer to spend their last days at home rather than in hospital will have access to a new community-based program.

The palliative-care program will start on Monday and provide new services, including video support with a night nurse, to patients.

The service, a collaboration between the state government and non-profit healthcare provider Silver Chain, will also include personal care during the day and a visit from an evening registered nurse.

Western Sydney Local Health District chief executive Danny O'Connor said the service will enable more people to fulfil their wish of dying at home with loved ones around them.

"[The program] is flexible and can be tailored to the needs of each person, providing individualised end-of-life care at home, allowing family members to stay with their loved-one in the comfort of their home without having to go to hospital," Mr O'Connor said.

A Silver Chain executive said it was exciting to see the government and non-government sector working closely to support people at the end of their lives.

Referrals to the service will be co-ordinated through a central intake information and intervention centre to ensure the patient is properly set up at home with the appropriate equipment and medications.

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