THE Daffodil Cottage palliative care team held an information session in the CBD on Tuesday.
Locals talked with the team about their work and how Daffodil Cottage co-operates with support agencies in Bathurst to help patients with life-shortening illnesses.
“People come and talk about their relatives who have been given bad news and need to know what help there is in the community for a person who has been told that they have a disease which cannot be cured,” Western NSW Local Health District palliative care nurse consultant James Daley said.
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The information session also provides support for family members and carers of palliative care patients.
“Often people leave the table feeling reassured that there is help out there … some people just want to talk to someone about a loved one they recently lost to cancer,” Mr Daley said.
Another goal of the information session was to provide locals with a guideline for advance care planning.
The fact sheet provided by the Daffodil Cottage team can help someone make decisions on the treatment they would like to receive if they were to fall seriously ill and were unable to communicate.
Mr Daley discussed the importance of providing advance care planning information.
“People ask do I need an advanced care plan now? Even though I’m fit and healthy? Or they might need to know more information about the legalities of advanced care planning … all the information they need is right there,” he said.
The palliative care information table will run on the first Tuesday of each month at Armada Bathurst (formerly Stockland).