World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 21 September 2015

Categories: In The Media.

Doctors’ group urging federal parties to support measures for seniors care

Canada – The Globe & Mail

Canadian doctors, eager to put health care on the election agenda, are challenging federal leaders to back a $3.3-billion package of measures they say would have an immediate impact on caring for the nation’s aging population.

‘Euthanasia not okay’ – medical professionals

South Africa – The Citizen

Legalising euthanasia would be going too far, according to some South African medical professionals. They said society had been failed in its right to adequate palliative care.

Giving hospice care

Pakistan – The Nation

Hospice care aims to relive suffering and give comfort – physical, emotional, and spiritual comfort. The patient would have a caregiver who is typically a nurse or family member.

Forest photographs bring sense of well-being to cancer hospices

UK – Daily Telegraph

Calming forest pictures born out of photographer David Hall’s personal experience of visiting his birth father at a cancer hospice

Nurse gains appreciation for importance of hospice care

US – Portland Press Journal

An important but less discussed area of health care is devoted to helping patients as they approach the end of their lives. It is just one of many areas that employ registered nurses, by far the most sought-after professionals in Maine.

How just one day at Acorns Children’s Hospice made all the difference to a Birmingham family

UK – Birmingham Mail

James Smith was not diagnosed with cerebral palsy until the age of 13. Sadly, the fun-loving teenager died at just 15, having stopped eating. The family made it to Acorns Children’s Hospice for one day and he passed away peacefully that evening – something for which they will be grateful for the rest of their lives.

Marie Curie cancer campaign boss: I never thought my son would be one of the people needing help from our charity

UK – Daily Record

Grieving dad Gordon Ash reveals how nurses from Glasgow’s Marie Curie hospice were a vital support when his son Richard was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Casa de la Luz provides more than end of life care

US – Inside Tucson Business

Casa de la Luz Hospice was established by two local Tucson woman, Lynette Jaramillo and Agnes C. Poore, in 1998 in order to provide superior care and a comforting environment to patients and their loved ones during the end of life process.

Smoking doubles risk of dementia

ehospice Ireland

Research shows that smokers have a 50 per cent greater chance of developing dementia than those who have never smoked.The link between smoking and the disease is being highlighted as part of World Alzheimer ‘s Day by The Alzheimer Society of Ireland (ASI) and ASH Ireland.

Personal health budgets – the way forward

ehospice UK

Following recent workshops held by Hospice UK on personal health budgets, Stephen McCauley writes for ehospice about the opportunities and challenges personal health budgets present for hospice care and how hospices can help shape their implementation for people living with terminal and life-limiting conditions.

New training programme launched to improve support for carers

ehospice UK

A new programme has been developed that aims to improve the skills of staff and volunteers who provide support to those who care for a relative or friend at the end of life.