World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 20 July 2015

Categories: In The Media.

Finding dignity in death

Thailand – Bangkok Post

End of life care becomes more important in an ageing society as families are torn between tradition and modern medical practices.

Limerick doctor to assist families in slums of Kenya

Ireland/Kenya – Limerick Leader

A Limerick doctor is preparing to work in the slums of Kenya, where he will look after people receiving palliative care and patients with HIV.

Conservative government finally launches assisted dying consultation

Canada – Toronto Star

The Harper government has set up an external panel to conduct public consultations and propose legislative options for dealing with the politically explosive issue of doctor-assisted dying.

Hospices rely on fundraising as effects of cutbacks hit hard

UK – Oxford Mail

Hospices caring for terminally ill people in the county are being forced to up their fundraising efforts to balance the books in the wake of authority cuts.

Compassion and empathy at the end of life: Advanced Care Planning takes a giant step forward

US – Huffington Post

On July 8, 2015, Medicare took a significant step towards helping people make the right decisions for their care by proposing to pay for physicians who spend at least 30 minutes discussing and documenting patient preferences and values at the end of life that may be used to guide decisions for Advanced Directives.

Hospice on its knees, workers not paid for 3 months

Swaziland – Swazi Observer

The once vibrant home-based care provider and only hospice in the country, Swaziland Hospice at Home, is literally on its knees, and workers have been turned into beggars of the worst kind as they try out-riding the storm that has seen them working without salaries for the last three months.

Goal of opening residential hospice closer

Canada – Kingston Whig-Standard

Hospice Kingston and Providence Care announced Friday an extension of their partnership, with the goal of opening Kingston’s first residential hospice by October 2017.

Can the end of life be an opportunity for social change?

UK – Open Democracy

Loss and grief can nurture compassion, joy and connection, creating a revolution in the way we care for others, writes Samantha Wood McCourt.

Proteas give 67 minutes to children with life-threatening conditions

ehospice International Children’s

The South African cricket team recently gave 67 minutes of service in honour of Mandela Day to children with life-threatening conditions in Chittagong, Bangladesh.

Team leadership in palliative care

ehospice Africa

As the world cries out for more collaboration, more transparency, greater responsibility from our leaders in an era of greater complexity; greater need for accountability and shrinking funding available, what benefits can team leadership bring?

Rehabilitative palliative care: the case for change

ehospice UK

Earlier this month a new publication on how hospices can develop a rehabilitative approach to palliative care was launched at a one-day conference. Jean Hindmarch, projects director at Hospice UK, reports on the event for ehospice.