The increasing ageing population and number of people living with illness and disability will strain the health system to breaking point. There are more people in need of on-going support than hospital beds or community services available.
Overstretched professionals seldom have the time or space to provide the level of emotional support needed by people who are diagnosed and living with life threatening and potentially terminal illnesses, or who are at life’s end.
We know that it is only possible for those with a terminal illness or approaching the end of their life to die where and how they want to if they and the people who care for them have enough and appropriate support.
With the cost of intensive care beds an average of $4000 /day depending upon the level of care required, and palliative care beds costing upwards of $1800 /day, supporting people’s choice to live and die at home has financial and practical as well as social benefits.