World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 15 May 2015

Categories: In The Media.

‘Hospice saved me from death’

South Africa – Independent Online

Last week, Hospice Week highlighted the role of providing support and care for people with life-threatening illnesses and recognised the achievements of hospice and palliative care programmes as fundamental to providing quality care.

Dying without dignity; a growing trend

US – WDEF News 12

There’s a growing trend of terminally ill people who have a tough time gaining access to hospice care because of their social-economic status.

Cookstown woman struggling to keep dying husband at home

Canada – Simcoe

While most Canadians prefer to die at home, only 30% actually do, according to the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association, which also notes that only 16 to 30% of patients have access to palliative care.

How pets can help children cope with tough times

Irish Independent

A new study has shown that children facing adversity – such as illness, bereavement or parents splitting up – are more likely to confide in their pet than in siblings.

Rehabilitative palliative care: the case for change

ehospice UK

Rehabilitative palliative care is about enabling people to live as fully as possible until they die. Jean Hindmarch, projects director at Hospice UK, writes for ehospice about the development of a new publication which will encourage a greater focus on a rehabilitative approach to palliative care.

Resthaven marks four-score years in South Australia

ehospice Australia

South Australian not-for-profit aged care provider Resthaven Incorporated has marked 80 years in the service with the opening this week of a 94 bed facility at Port Elliot south of Adelaide.

A cancer diagnosis isn’t the end of the world

ehospice Kenya

“You realize there is so much more to life than the diagnosis and that life actually never ends.” These are the words of 65 year old Josephine Njoki, who is receiving treatment for breast cancer at Kenya’s largest referral hospital.

Texas inpatient hospice unit named after family makes memorial gift

ehospice USA

Central Texas Medical Center Inpatient Hospice Unit in San Marcos named after receiving a $300K donation.