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"To care for a loved one during their final days is an honour and a privilege"KCS

A Community Palliative Care Worker's guide to providing care at home

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Meet Kellie Cooper-Smith

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When someone is facing the end of life, their family will have to deal with one of life’s great questions: how can they support their loved one to have a ‘good death’?

My name is Kellie Cooper-Smith and providing great Palliative Care is my passion. Two years ago, I was given the opportunity to participate in specialised Palliative Care training and began working as a Community Palliative Care Worker where I assisted people with terminal illness to die as they wished in their homes. Since then I have also become qualified in Community Services, Health Services Assistance (Assistant in Nursing) and Allied Health.

My goal is to help bridge the gaps in Palliative Care, one way I can do this is to share my knowledge and skills with the community and offer my advice and practical guidance to families who are caring for a loved one with a life limiting illness. In my work practice I follow a holistic and person-centred approach looking at each person as an individual, encompassing mind, body and spirit. 

I have a passion for Community Service and helping others, currently I am working in Sydney as a Community Allied Health Assistant in the area of Restorative Care. I also follow my calling by collaborating in Palliative Care projects and volunteer to help improve quality of life for those who are vulnerable and living in the community with limited resources.

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When someone is facing the end of life, their family will have to deal with one of life’s great questions: how can they support their loved one to have a ‘good death’?

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