World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 21 November 2016

Categories: In The Media.

Man who made palliative care famous

India – The Hindu

Retired British physician Robert Twycross’s contribution to palliative care and its recognition as an accepted field of modern medicine have been tremendous. As head of the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Palliative Care and Clinical Reader in Palliative Medicine at Oxford University, he has envisioned palliative care as a solace that extends beyond end-stage cancer patients to those with other serious ailments.

‘I believed that euthanasia was the only humane solution. I no longer believe that.’

Australia – The Age

The experiences of countless patients and families should be the inspiration for continuing to improve palliative care, for general introduction of advanced care plans and not for euthanasia with its openness to misuse.

Alzheimer’s, dementia caregivers face a daily struggle to support loved ones

UK – Daily Herald

Ivey, a Holladay resident, has been caregiving for Ben, her husband who has Alzheimer’s, for 11 years. She said she has decided to put a positive spin on the constant, repetitive questioning that had become very normal in her life.

A united family can make all the difference when someone is dying

US – The Washington Post

The blessings and curses of families are not limited to holiday gatherings, graduations, weddings and funerals. They also exist at the transition of the matriarch or patriarch from life to death.

Tree of Light spreads few more years of good cheer

ehospice South Africa

The Highway Hospice’s Tree of Light ceremony is a wonderful way to remember loved ones who have passed on.

Hospice UK Annual Conference 2016- Day 2 Roundup

ehospice UK

Chris Pointon – co-founder of the successful #hellomynameiscampaign –  gave an inspirational and very moving address on the second day of Hospice UK’s annual conference 2016 which received a standing ovation from delegates.

News from the Coalition for Supportive Care of Kidney Patients

ehospice USA

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has awarded the Mid-Atlantic Renal Coalition (MARC), a Quality Insights company, a 15-month grant to support the development of evidence-based best practices for delivering person-centered palliative care to patients with chronic kidney disease.

Innovation in public engagement for World Days

ehospice Africa

Mark D.Mwesiga writes about the The Palliative Care Association of Uganda’s innovative strategies to commemorate World Hospice and Palliative Care Day as best practice for other World Day commemorations.