Margaret Spedding said her late husband was in good hands while at Echuca Regional Health’s palliative care unit.ZACH HUBBER May 19, 2014 9:44am
Palliative care carries a stigma of hopelessness and fate.
Margaret Spedding, however, has a different opinion.
‘‘It’s a great service,’’ she said.
The Echuca resident lost her husband, Ron Spedding, in January.
Mr Spedding spent six months in the hands of Echuca Regional Health’s palliative care unit.
‘‘When you wanted something you more or less snapped your fingers and it was there,’’ Mrs Spedding said.
‘‘They didn’t check on what they had to look at, they check out the whole person.
‘‘I wouldn’t like to go through that on my own.’’
She said the attitude towards palliative care needed to change.
‘‘I had two women come to me when Ron went into palliative care and they said, ‘Oh, all they talk about is death’. I never heard one word of that,’’ Mrs Spedding said.
‘‘I never heard it could be the end or could be something else.
‘‘It was all about what they could do to help you, what they could do to make sure you’re more comfortable.
‘‘I think if we can get that old idea out of our heads more people will use that support.’’
Mrs Spedding is one of many carers who will attend the Echuca Community Palliative Care Service’s annual service of thanksgiving and remembrance on Saturday.
The service provides an opportunity for families and palliative care staff to remember the lives of people they cared for.
The service will be in conjunction with National Palliative Care Week which starts on Sunday with the theme ‘Palliative care everyone’s business: Let’s work together’. ‘‘I remember the nurses’ care and encouragement and support,’’ Mrs Spedding said.
‘‘It’s a great service. ‘‘Don’t knock it back’’
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