Palliative Care is the support of people suffering from an
incurable illness. Our aim is to provide physical, emotional,
social and spiritual support to enhance the quality of a person's
life. Support is also extended to the patient's family and
Many aspects of palliative care, in conjunction with other
treatments, are helpful early in the course of an illness and also
as the illness progresses. Palliative care encompasses the
provision of an additional level of support and care during your
hospitalisation. The sort of additional support available
You or your family may have difficulty
coping with your diagnosis and its implications. A referral to a
counsellor may be recommended to provide additional support for
your ongoing care.
Physiotherapists will assist you maintain
as much independence as possible, personalise an exercise program
and complement any existing treatment to maintain your comfort.
An occupational therapist will assist you to
remain as independent as possible in your daily activities. This
may involve special equipment, minor home modifications, techniques
and training or practises that complement your existing treatment,
such as relaxation, meditation or massage.
Members of the Pastoral Services team are available at any
time, and offer an attentive and caring presence for you and your
family. The service provides confidential personal counsel and
spiritual and religious ministry.
Palliative Care Mission Statement
St John of God Hospital Bendigo embraces
the Values of Hospitality, Respect, Justice, Compassion and
Excellence. The Palliative Care Service aims to ensure that your
comfort and health needs receive special attention and that you and
your family are fully supported during your hospital stay.