Australia – Australian Ageing Agenda
Residential and community care providers will now be supported to integrate enhanced spiritual care into everyday practice with the release of new national guidelines.
US – The American Journal of Medicine
To the Editor: In the April 2015 issue of The American Journal of Medicine, Drs Milani and Lavie1 comment on the need to “reengineer” health care in the face of an epidemic of chronic disease. Although they comment on multiple potential interventions to improve the care of patients with chronic diseases in terms of both primary and secondary prevention, they fail to comment on what happens when the moment for prevention has lapsed.
US – The Orange County Register
Photographer Andrew George stands in front of his photography exhibit “Right, Before I Die” at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. The exhibit, which features portraits of people facing serious illnesses, will run until Sept. 30.
Scotland – The Sunday Post
Children as young as nine are being given school lessons about death in a radical scheme to help them cope better with bereavement.
ehospice International Children’s edition
On Thursday, 18 August at the 5th APCA Conference being held at the Speke Resort in Uganda, Joan Marston was presented with a global achievement award for her work in developing palliative care for children.
It’s an uncomfortable truth, but some people spend their last days in parks, streets and their cars, alone and in pain.
Spiritual care is defined as the care which recognizes and responds to the needs of the human spirit when faced with trauma, ill health or sadness and can include the need for meaning, for self worth, to express oneself, for faith support, perhaps for rites or prayer or sacrament, or simply for a sensitive listener.
ehospice South Africa
#HospiceVisits continue this week with a closer look at Breede River Hospice. Serving the entire Langeberg sub-district, the Breede River Hospice is a well-loved and a respected beacon of hope and healing to all those living within the beautiful Breede Valley Winelands region.
This month, St Joseph’s Hospice in London has launched a project to test and evaluate the effectiveness of a multi-disciplinary pain self-management approach, made possible thanks to £75,000 of funding provided by the Health Foundation.
At Riverside and some other hospitals, interpreters have completed special training and work closely with palliative care teams to help patients and their families decide when the time has come to stop trying to cure a disease and start focusing on comfort and quality of life.