Ending Life Well. A podcast series for carers

Ending Life Well. A podcast series for carers

This series has been developed for New Zealand’s army of unpaid family carers who are looking after a loved one who is dying. Developed by the specialist palliative team at Otago Community Hospice and supported by Hospice New Zealand, the series provides reliable advice and information for carers.

Episodes

August 11, 2022 7 min

This six minute recording can help with feelings of anxiety or a busy mind.

It can be listened to whenever is most convenient for you, however a good time is just before bed, or before something you expect to be challenging.

Once you have become familiar with the recording you can start to practice the technique on your own so you can draw on it, even when you don’t have the recording handy.

Additionally this is particularly useful fo...

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This relaxation and visualisation recording can help with feelings of anxiety or a busy mind. 

It uses imagery to create a positive experience in your mind and body. 

It can be listened to whenever is most convenient for you, however a good time is just before bed, or before something you expect to be challenging.

We recommend listening to this a couple of times a day to begin with to help reduce existing background levels of stress. 

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June 9, 2022 20 min

What you need to know about Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney
An interview with Jenny Guthrie, a senior partner at Wilkinson Rogers Law. Jenny has also been involved with the board of Otago Hospice for the last 25 year.

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There are plenty of myths around about Hospice and use of Morphine – but this episode explodes those myths, and details how meds work at the end of life.
An interview with Dr Chris Hopkins, a palliative care doctor at Otago Community Hospice. 

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June 7, 2022 26 min

Making some choices in advance is crucial, and can help your patient as well. Don’t leave this planning to the last minute, we’ve got lots of tips on how a funeral can be run.
An interview with Clark Campbell, a fourth generation funeral director.

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June 7, 2022 24 min

Often patients will experience breathlessness; we give you tips and techniques for dealing with breathlessness, so you are prepared.
An interview with Christina Bowen, an Occupational Therapist and Palliative Care Coordinator with a wealth of experience in managing breathlessness. 

 

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These days of caring for someone you love who is dying will be hard. But it is important to ensure you find some meaning in your day-to-day actions.
An interview with Noeleen Christey, a spiritual care coordinator in palliative care, with a background of a Bachelors of theology. 

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June 7, 2022 18 min

You need to ensure that you rest, relax and sleep – we provide some ideas about how to fit this into your carer’s schedule, without letting your patient down.
An interview with Christine Pacey, an occupational therapist and palliative care team leader in Central Otago. 

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June 7, 2022 18 min

This is a very tiring journey – learn about why you as a carer are feeling so tired, and how you can manage your and your patient’s fatigue.
An interview with with Christine Pacey, an occupational therapist and palliative care team leader in Central Otago. 

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What does dying look like? And what do I need to do at the time of death?
An interview with Louisa Ingham, a Nurse Practitioner in palliative care. 

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Your world has turned topsy turvy. This episode provides are some key actions to help you stay the right way up. 
An interview with Stefan Petersohn, a counsellor who works alongside both young people and with those dealing with grief. 

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Meals can become difficult at end of life – learn about the signs of when to encourage someone to eat, knowing when to let them be, and meeting the food desires of your patient.
An interview with Dr. Sue MacDonell, a dietitian with a wealth of experience in palliative nutrition.

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The meds on this journey can be confusing and overwhelming – we provide tips on managing new, different and changing medications.
An interview with Nik Wild, a pharmacist for over 30 years who has been involved with hospice for over 15 years and has an l in-depth understanding of palliative and end of life medications 

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When looking after a loved one, looking after yourself is a priority too.
An interview with Sue Walton, a palliative care nurse specialist at Otago Community Hospice 

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June 7, 2022 22 min

Grief is different for everybody. There are no clear guidelines, but we have some advice for adapting to the grief you are feeling.
An interview with Sue Lewis, a counsellor with a particular interest in working with grief and loss.

 

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June 7, 2022 17 min

Every decision you make in advance will help make everything easier later. This episode is a must listen for carer’s and family members.
An interview with Glenda Hall,  a senior palliative care nurse and educator with a long-term interest in advanced care planning. 

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June 7, 2022 20 min

Grief has so many different forms of expression; it’s not always about crying. Learn to recognise how your and others grief is conveyed.
An interview with Shireen Tresslor, a counsellor with a health psychology background and a long term interest in grief and loss, especially around chronic or terminal disease. 

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