Hospice: the joy of living

Hospice CaregiversIn their daily work of treating and supporting patients with life limiting illness, our hospice caregivers espouse the palliative care mantra that “the joy of living should not be lost in the act of dying”.

Hospice Operations Manager Glenys Joplin says palliative care can be a challenging environment so focussing on what we can achieve and contribute is important.

“It is with the most extraordinary team work that caregivers are able to deliver such excellent care,” says Mrs Joplin. “I am often amazed at the depths of support they offer our patients, families and each other.”

It is a common misconception that the Hospice is only for those who are dying but in fact, its main focus is on the management of symptoms and maximising quality of life for patients and families.

“Palliative care as a medical speciality has evolved and we now see patients who are still undergoing active treatment,” said Mrs Joplin.

“We do provide end of life care but even when time is short our aim is to manage symptoms to allow the patient and family valuable time together.”

Some patient comments about the St John of God Murdoch Hospice:

“Our loved one was blessed to be able to spend his final days in the professional care and peaceful environment of the Hospice.”

“Your service was no less than exemplary for not only my wife but also for the whole family, who were treated with the utmost respect, kindness, understanding and love. May God bless you all, in continuing a first class service to the community.”

“Your staff are 101 per cent.”

“Thank you for your humour, quick response to clinical issues, a sense of strong team approach, collaborative care and empowerment to the patient and family.” 

More information about Murdoch Community Hospice

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