Where will I receive palliative care?

You can have palliative care in different settings depending on your situation, where you live, and whether you have family or friends who can help. In many cases, you and your family can choose where you want to receive palliative care. This may be at home or in a residential aged care facility, or in a hospital or palliative care unit (hospice). People receiving palliative care often move between these settings as their needs change.

An important role for the palliative care team is to assess the best place for your care. Many people prefer to receive care at home. The team will respect your wishes where possible. They will consider your home environment, your support networks, and what organisations and individuals are available in your area to help you, and then discuss the
possibilities with you, your family and carers.

If you are cared for at home, you (and anyone who cares for you) can be supported by community-based palliative care services. You can decide at any stage to change your mind about staying at home and explore other options.

Depending on your situation, it may not always be possible to stay at home, even with home help. Hospitals and palliative care units are designed for short-term stays. If you cannot return home and require care for several months or more, the palliative care team will talk to you and your carers about options for your ongoing care.

This information was last reviewed in April 2017
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