World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 14 April 2015

Categories: In The Media.

A hospice for homeless to open in Salt Lake City

US – Fox13

An average of 50 homeless people die on the streets of Salt Lake City every year. The cause of death for many is a terminal disease. However, soon these people will have a chance to die with dignity.

End of life choices discussion saves time, later trauma

US – Knoxville News Sentinel

It’s no coincidence medical professionals have designated April 16, the day after taxes are due, as ‘National Healthcare Decisions Day’.

Palliative care volunteer chronicles her experiences caring for patients

Canada – Montreal Gazette

They were dying, yes. But they were living, too. That was the first lesson Barbara Freiheit learned as a volunteer with patients in a Montreal palliative care unit.

New site offers safe place to talk about death

US – Chicago Tribune

You will die. While this certainly does not come as news to you, it is news you fight to ignore. Rage all you like, but thinking about the inevitable is the idea behind a series of provocative and important library talks being given by WGN-TV reporter Randi Belisomo and Dr Mary Mulcahy, Associate Professor in the Department of Hematology Oncology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Basketball star Lauren Hill dies from brain cancer at age 19

ehospice International Children’s

Lauren Hill, the inspiring young girl who spoke out for all children around the world living with cancer, died last Friday morning aged just 19.

Tasmanian study explores the value of mindfulness for palliative caregivers

ehospice Australia

A Tasmanian PhD study is exploring the value of mindfulness for informal palliative caregivers. The study is being conducted through the perspectives of mindfulness facilitators, practitioners and researchers, with the intention to explore caregiver experience in a follow up study.

Care through the end

ehospice Canada

A handful of residents in the Grand Falls-Windsor area want to establish the province’s first hospice and name it in memory of a well known local physician.

Taxi drivers rave about outreach TB, HIV services

ehospice South Africa

Sandile Ngcobo’s day starts at 4am. By the time his 16 hour shift as a Pietermaritzburg taxi driver is over, local clinics are closed and that is why Ngcobo says he welcomed the chance to test for HIV and tuberculosis (TB) at work.

Celebrating hospice volunteers during National Volunteer Week

ehospice USA

National Volunteer Week is April 12-18 in the US, and special recognition is deserved for hospice and palliative care volunteers who are an integral part of the care team bringing comfort and support to millions.

Synergy Cafés improve dementia journey

ehospice UK

A recent evaluation has shown that Sue Ryder’s Synergy Cafés, held across Suffolk, help people with dementia and their carers feel more informed, less isolated and better able to cope with the condition.