World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 27 July 2015

Categories: In The Media.

‘All staff must know when and how to refer to palliative care’

UK – Nursing Times

Nurses play a critical role in ensuring people with a terminal illness can achieve the best possible quality of life in the time they have left.

Need for carer supports highlighted in homicide research

Australian Ageing Agenda

Family carers having homicidal thoughts about their loved one with dementia is a “real and significant phenomenon” according to world-first Australian research, which reaffirms the profound pressures facing carers.

What hospice is all about

New Zealand – Nelson Mail

Nelson Tasman Hospice abides by the World Health Organisation’s guidelines that caring for someone facing the end of their life – whether at home or in a hospice building – should neither hasten, nor postpone their death.

We need to talk about death

UK – Daily Telegraph

After cancer returned for a third time David and his family decided to forego further treatment and enjoy life. His mother, Sacha Langton-Gilks, is keen for other families to think positively about end of life preparation and talk of a death plan as we do for a birth plan.

Oliver Sacks, who has taught us so much, now teaches us the art of dying

UK – The Guardian

Death is never easy. But Oliver Sacks shows us an approach that views life as a welcome gift rather than bemoaning death as a medical failure, writes Ranjana Srivastava.

Marcus Daly Hospice to offer series of classes on artful grieving

US – Ravalli Republic

Artful Grieving is a pilot program offering a series of classes by Marcus Daly Hospice and sponsored by a grant from the Hospice Care Foundation of Missoula.

Care Dimensions cited for end of life care

US – Item Live

Care Dimensions, formerly Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston, has won the 2015 Circle of Life Award.

Doctor and his team develop children’s palliative care services in Chittagong

ehospice International Children’s

Dr Rezaul Karim and his team at Chittagong Medical College Hospital take a lead in developing children palliative care services in Chittagong, Bangladesh.

Forum on end of life care, assisted decision making for those with disabilities

ehospice Australia

The emergence of the pivotal element of community involvement was brought home by speakers exploring the intricacies of palliative and end of life care for those with disabilities at a forum in Canberra this week.

Dedicated fundraiser for Woodlands Hospice recognised with a national honour

ehospice UK

Pat Caffrey, who has raised over £161,000 for Woodlands Hospice, has been given a British Citizen Award for her services to volunteering and charitable giving.