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End of Life Directions for Aged Care ELDAC

End of Life Directions for Aged Care (ELDAC) is a project funded by the Australian Government Department of Health to support quality care at the end of life. It is being delivered by a consortium that brings together three universities and five national bodies from aged care, palliative care and primary care.

The project seeks to promote changes enabling a reduction of avoidable hospital admissions, with shortened stays, and improved quality of care for people supported in residential and community aged care programs.

ELDAC focuses on four streams of work to support these directions:

  • capacity building through access to toolkits and to online and phone support
  • improved care and service provision through technology solutions
  • better understanding of issues through policy briefings and meetings
  • service and sector development through local and regional partnerships

ELDAC is building on existing work and resources to build awareness and encourage their use. It aims to connect those working with older Australians in aged care, primary care and palliative care with the quality resources available and to facilitate awareness of, and connection between, services, agencies and groups. Key resources include the palliative care evidence developed for palliAGED and the expertise of Advance Care Planning Australia.

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Last reviewed: June 2018

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Residential Aged Care - What I can do

This section of the Residential Aged Care (RAC) Toolkit delivers information on how to provide palliative care and advance care planning for people living in residential aged care and for their families.

Read more on End of Life Directions for Aged Care ELDAC website

Clinical Care - Home Care

This section of the Home Care Toolkit delivers information on how to provide advance care planning and palliative care for people living at home and their families.

Read more on End of Life Directions for Aged Care ELDAC website

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex - Information and Services - Population Groups

The End-of-Life Directions for Aged Care (ELDAC) project aims to improve the care of older Australians. Health professionals and aged care workers can access information, guidance, and resources to support palliative care and advance care planning for older people and their families.

Read more on End of Life Directions for Aged Care ELDAC website

COVID-19 - ELDAC

COVID 19 has been identified as a key issue for health and aged care. Information for being prepared in aged care, services and organisations, workforces, older people and their families on ELDAC website.

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Legal - Withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining treatment Factsheet

Decisions to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining medical treatment can be difficult. Sometimes they are made by the person themselves (if they have capacity), and sometimes they are made on behalf of the person (if they no longer have capacity). This factsheet explains the key legal principles about withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining treatment.

Read more on End of Life Directions for Aged Care ELDAC website

Education and Learning - Home Care

This section of the Home Care Toolkit provides an opportunity for you to evaluate your learning and development needs and create a personal learning plan.

Read more on End of Life Directions for Aged Care ELDAC website

Legal - Medication for Pain and Symptom Relief Factsheet

Uncertainty can arise for those giving palliative medication about whether it is lawful, particularly where a person is close to death. This factsheet explains key legal principles about providing palliative medication.

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Assess Palliative Care Needs - Home Care

Palliative care provides high-quality health care to people living with a life-limiting illness to live as well as they can by focusing on their physical, psychological, cultural, social and spiritual needs. Palliative care that takes a person-centred approach to care will ensure all client needs are met.

Read more on End of Life Directions for Aged Care ELDAC website

Organisational Support - Residential Aged Care

This section of the RAC toolkit is designed to assist members of your organisation in understanding what actions can be taken to support palliative care and advance care planning for residents and their families.

Read more on End of Life Directions for Aged Care ELDAC website

Legal - Substitute Decision-Making Factsheet

Key legal principles on substitute decision-making when aged persons lose their ability to make decisions about their health care.

Read more on End of Life Directions for Aged Care ELDAC website

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