World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 26 January 2016

Categories: In The Media.

Former US nurse turns her home into a hospice for terminally ill babies

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A former nurse and a mum-of-eight has turned her own home into a hospice for terminally ill babies and toddlers, to provide comfort in the final days of their tragically short lives.

Man finds calling as hospice nurse after wife’s death

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John O’Malley was so impressed and inspired by the care his wife received from hospice at the end of her life that he began taking classes to become a nurse two months after his wife died in late 2010.

Ways to cope for caregivers of cancer patients

Singapore – Straits Times

Caregivers face many demands – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual – and although it can be a roller-coaster experience, many people derive great meaning and satisfaction from their caring roles.

The empowering potential of end-of-life care

US – Harvard Health Blog

When we scan the medical journals for research to report, we often ask ourselves whether an article suggests something many of us can do to improve our health or well-being. It might come as a surprise, but the articles on end-of-life care in recent issues of the Journal of the American Medical Association and The New England Journal of Medicine actually fit that bill. And they delivered good news.

‘Dialysis need not affect quality of life’

India – The Hindu

Work, travel, exercise, leisure and entertainment — all of this is possible even if you are on dialysis, said Kamal D. Shah, co-founder and director, patient services, NephroPlus, a dialysis centre network.

Meeting Death with Words

US – The New Yorker

A memoir of dying is exceptionally wrenching because we know the end at the beginning, and so meet with an effortful, pulsing person who will soon be neither. Pages rarely tremble with such life as when expressing their author’s death.

A good death: Australians need support to die at home

Australia – The Conversation

The baby boomers are growing old and in the next 25 years the number of Australians who die each year will double. People want to die comfortably at home, supported by family and friends and effective services.

No budget for 2 yrs, palliative care programme runs dry

India – The Indian Express

Massive fund crunch has eaten into the two-year-old palliative programme that provides free symptomatic care and counselling to patients suffering from terminal diseases such as cancer, AIDS or chronic renal failure and drug-resistant tuberculosis.

Our young son died suddenly. It’s hard to cope with people’s reactions

UK – The Guardian

A couple who lost a child find some people hurtful in their responses. Mariella Frostrup suggests not being judgmental of others, or themselves.

ICPCN to host transition tweetchat

ehospice international children’s edition

The International Children’s Palliative Care Network will host an insightful tweetchat on ‘transition from child to adult palliative care services’, on Tuesday 9 February 2016 at 15h00 GMT.

Stage group are Heroes for Hospice

ehospice Ireland

Heroes for Hospice in Ballina have been announced as the winners of the Mayo Meitheal Award this year. The group staged the musical “Beyond the Barricade” and raised €40,000 for the Mayo/Roscommon Hospice.

Trend for Baby Boomers is poorer health

ehospice USA

Kaiser Health News writer Lisa Gillespie explores the unhealthy trends seen in the baby boomers in her article, “Baby Boomers Set Another Trend: More Golden Years In Poorer Health.”

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