Practice Resources page 2
X
GO

Practice Resources

The following section shows you how to get started with palliAGED Practice resources. You can use them for yourself or to support others interested in learning about palliative care. Start by selecting from the following based on who you are and what you want to do.

I'm new to palliative care and aged care

Package 1

Start with the basics. Look at the following Practice Tips  sheets covering what it is and what you can do:

  • Palliative Care
  • Person-Centred care
  • Self-care

When you are finished use what you now know to complete this game

 

Package 1

Start with the basics. Take a look at the following Practice Tip Sheets and Modules including what you can do:

  • Palliative Care module and Tip sheet
  • Person-Centred care module and Tip sheet
  • Self-care module and Tip Sheet
 

I want to know more

Package 1

Learn about common symptoms at the end of life and what you can do to help the person:

  • Pain
  • Anxiety
  • Breathing problems (Dyspnoea)
  • Swallowing problems (Dysphagia)
  • Frailty

When you are finished use what you now know to complete this game

Package 2

With this package you will explore talking about and recognising death 

  • Talking about dying
  • Recognising deterioration
  • Signs of imminent death

When you are finished use what you now know to complete this game

Learn about common symptoms at the end of life and what you can do to help the person. 

Package 1.

Use the palliAGED Modules and Tip Sheets to introduce yourself to key processes and pathways:

  • Recognising deterioration module and Tip sheet
  • Palliative care case conferences module and Tip sheet
  • End of Life care pathways module and Tip sheet

Package 2

Use the palliAGED Modules and Tip Sheets to introduce yourself to common symptoms and care issues:

  • Pain management module and Tip sheet
  • Symptom management module and Tip sheet
  • Care issues module and Tip sheet

Use the palliAGED Practice Modules Manual with both of these packages to gain a greater understanding of selected tools and approaches such as SPICT and Case Conferences and what matters when using these.


Package 3.

Learn the signs that a person's condition is changing:

  • Talking about dying module and Tip sheet
  • Recognising deterioration module and Tip sheet
  • Signs of imminent death Tip sheet

 

Package 4.

Use the palliAGED Practice Tip Sheets to learn more about specific symptoms at the end of life and what you can do to help the person:

  • Pain
  • Anxiety
  • Breathing problems (Dyspnoea)
  • Swallowing problems (Dysphagia)
  • Frailty

Visit the Improving Practice section to find out what you can learn and what you can do across 37 topics
 

 

I'm ready to help others

Now that you have some experience and understand palliative care you can help others to develop their skills. Some suggestions for what you can do include:

  • Print the careworker tiles and hang them in your staff room
  • Discuss with your team responses to the Tip Sheet Reflection questions
  • Discuss self-care with your team and use the Tips Sheet and Forms to help each other get started
  • Survey your team to understand what topics they need help with and then ask your educator to run workshops on this. Use the Needs assessemnt form to help.
  • Refer to the following Tip Sheets for help with:
    • After-Death choices
    • Grief and loss among Older People, Families and Residents
    • Grief and Loss among Staff
       
 

Integrate the palliAGED Practice Tip Sheets, Modules, and Forms into interactive and relevant in-house training sessions. For example:

  • Conduct a needs assessment survey among staff before using the Tip Sheets to hold targeted sessions on specific issues of current concern
  • Use the palliAGED Forms to role play Family meetings including interactions with the person, their family and other staff members.
  • Use the palliAGED forms for self-care as part of an exercise to encourage active self-care planning and to alert staff of signs that a person is in need of support
  • Use the Modules together with the Manual to focus on application of tools and practical approaches in providing care. The reflections in each module prompt participants to reflect on what they can do in their workplace and helps consolidate training in line with their current responsibilities.
  • Refer to the following Tip Sheets for help with:
    • After-Death choices
    • Grief and loss among Older People, Families and Residents
    • Grief and Loss among Staff

I'm an educator or staff manager responsible for:

Use the palliAGED Practice Tip sheet booklets to support staff induction or orientation for ENs, RNs, and Careworkers new to your service. The booklets provide a brief introduction to some of the key care approaches and issues in palliative care, and additional benefits include:

  • Providing each new staff member with a booklet aligned with their scope of practice provides a ‘go to’ reference in the initial training phase and can enhance staff understanding and sense of being valued as a member of the care team.
  • The booklets can be referred to and built on in subsequent training sessions with staff collecting their reflections on practice in the one place.
  • Regardless of background all staff have a common set of understanding
  • palliAGED Module 1 might be useful to introduce dying as a likely outcome for the people in their care and to introduce palliAGED as a trustworthy place to find additional information when needed (for nurses).

Use the palliAGED Practice Tip Sheet booklets with or without the Modules to systematically introduce key palliative care concepts and care issues. This might take place as a component of in-house training programs.

  • Topics can be covered in any order and combined with other training materials such as the palliAGED tiles, or the Vital Talks program on communication.
  • The self-reflection questions in the Tip Sheets can be used to prompt discussions and questions on providing palliative care and responding to individual care needs.
  • Use the palliAGED Forms to role play Family meetings including interactions with the person, their family and other staff members.
  • Relevant Modules might be viewed by nurses prior to or within a session to introduce key topics or used to revise topics after the session (each module takes 12-15 minutes).
  • The self-reflection questions within modules aim to prompt the staff member to identify actions that they could take to improve care in their work setting.

Many organisations have found that education needs to be ongoing and continually reinforced. Some suggestions include:

  • Use selected individual palliAGED Practice Tip Sheets with or without the modules to provide a refresh on specific topics or to prompt discussion on the specific areas of current need among clients or residents. This can be done in group sessions or one-on-one to focus on a specific resident.
  • Encourage engagement with the topic by highlighting how this relates to the Aged Care Quality and Safety Standards .
  • Prominent display of the careworker tiles on notice boards can be used to highlight a care issue or concept each week or month and to emphasise that it is everyone’s business.
  • Ask CareSearch for SCORM packages of palliAGED Practice Modules to provide introductory sessions on your local learning management system.

The palliAGED Practice Tip Sheets for Careworkers can be useful to inform staff providing indirect services (including Lifestyle coordinators, kitchen staff, and cleaning staff) of care needs and considerations among older people. This can encourage staff to approach direct-care providers with information when they notice changes in a person or become aware of unmet needs.
Select individual topics to develop a brief orientation session or ongoing information sessions as appropriate

 

I lead the organisation and want to:

The following palliAGED In Focus resource can be used to support your team and organisation provide palliative care in line with the Aged Care Quality and Safety Standards:

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

You can also tailor in-house education to emphasise the role of palliative care across the standards by connecting with individual Practice Tip Sheets and Modules as you discuss the Standards.

Have staff complete the palliAGED Practice Modules and store responses to questions and final certificates of completion as evidence of staff development.

 
Use the palliAGED Evidence Synthesis and summary pages to develop policy based on best practice. The palliAGED Practice Centre can provide information on practice options for implementing proposed policy.
 
  • Use palliAGED Forms to encourage GP involvement in case conferences or as a template to develop in-house forms.
  • Use the palliAGED Practice Centre to find information on what your organisation could do across 37 topics in aged care.
  • After establishing the needs of your organisation use the palliAGED Evidence Centre to establish what is already known about this and what approaches are likely to lead to improvement.
 

Page created 18 May 2020