Hospice service to bring comfort to Corangamite

Published on 30 November 2018

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We all want the best for our loved ones but sometimes we need a bit of help when things get really tough.

The end of life is an intensely emotional time but Corangamite residents may soon have extra assistance when faced with a life-limiting illness.

The Warrnambool and District Community Hospice has been helping people who have a life limiting illness since 2015 and hopes to expand into Corangamite by starting off in the Camperdown area in 2019.

The Commonwealth Productivity Commission has reported 70 per cent of Australians want to die at home surrounded by their loved ones, but most die in hospital. 1

“Our mission is to provide people who are dying with the option of compassionate care in their own home setting, meeting the living needs of those who are dying, as well as the needs of their family and friends,” Warrnambool and District Community Hospice Manager Lu Butler said.

“The proposal is to develop a community Hospice in the Home service to supplement existing community palliative care services, and to assist people with a terminal illness to stay at home to die, if that is their wish.”

Corangamite Shire Mayor Neil Trotter encouraged residents to attend an information session next week.

“Warrnambool and District Community Hospice will hold a drop-in session for people who want to learn more about the service, volunteer, or become a financial member,” Cr Trotter said.

“Many people who work in hospice care find it rewarding to help people keep their dignity and independence in their last days, and to support their families through a really difficult time.

“Warrnambool and District Community Hospice does really valuable work and Council would welcome that service being made available to Shire residents.”

Volunteers will receive nine weeks of evening classes developed by Palliative Care Victoria. 

What: Hospice in the Home Service Information session

When: 4pm-6.30pm Thursday 6 December

Where: Camperdown Courthouse

1 Introducing Competition and Informed User Choice into Human Services: Reforms to Human Services - Draft report October 2017