Activities Of Daily Living In Palliative Care

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Nobody wants to lose their independence. Independence is inherently tied to a person’s dignity and confidence, and losing it, especially suddenly, can have a profound impact on a person’s self-esteem and quality of life. As a healthcare worker, your role is to therefore help your client maintain as much autonomy as possible.

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Part of being involved in a client’s palliative care journey means assisting to improve the person’s quality of life. This requires you to not only monitor and address the person’s clinical needs but also to consider the importance of the client's ability to complete or participate (as able) in basic activities of daily living (ADL).


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Susan Tredenick is a healthcare consultant with extensive experience in aged and community care. Operating in a range of industries, including Not-for-Profit, NGO and Private companies, she has a special interest in supporting people to be engaged with their healthcare management. Working with innovative companies allows this to be a reality as well as develop her interest in delivering speaking engagements to the community. With a background in nursing and management, her career includes roles in clinical and case management as well as project management with Telehealth and Telecare Research.
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Abel Rusike
30 Nov 2022
Registered Nurse
good article
Janet Foster
16 Nov 2022
Christine Lind
25 Jul 2022
I found it easy to understand and very interesting
Trevor Lowe
23 Jun 2022
Enrolled Nurse
A great little reminder of ADLs serving a bigger purpose than being simple tasks but their role in contributing to overall well being
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Karen hamstra
10 Aug 2019
To understand palliative patients need understanding and compassion on there journey
Rachel Tennant
12 May 2023
Good relevant
Casey Fleming
24 Jun 2022
Very much needed information
Nima McShane
27 Jun 2022
Assistant in Nursing (AIN)
Gained my knowledge and can share with workmates
Wong Clariss
02 Jan 2023
Registered Nurse
Good resource
Kathryn Green
28 Jun 2022
Very informative
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