World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 29 June 2015

Categories: In The Media.

Pilot program coordinates palliative care and support for rural communities

Canada – Oncology Nurse Advisor

Is it possible to devise a method of delivering effective ongoing palliative care to cancer patients living in rural communities? Yes, and its success relies on nurses, according to a recent study conducted in the Canadian province of British Columbia.

Academy of hospice, palliative medicine presents lifetime achievement award

US – Healio

Michael H. Levy, MD, PhD, director of the pain and palliative care program at Fox Chase Cancer Center, received the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Let elderly die ‘surrounded by love’ at home – not in hospitals, says minister

UK – Daily Telegraph

Lord Prior of Brampton said it was “preferable” for dying patients to pass away “in their own home with their loved ones” rather than alone in hospital.

Communication in palliative care

Swaziland – Swazi Observer

Good communication between healthcare professionals is crucial within palliative care. Many have found that good communication can lead to a greater sense of well being, decreasing feelings of distress commonly experienced by those diagnosed with a life limiting illness and their families.

Palliative care improves quality of life for people with chronic illness, says PCS gen secy

India – Imphal Free Press

The All Manipur Working Journalists Union in collaboration with the Palliative Care Society, Manipur organised a one day awareness programme on Palliative Care in Manipur today at the Manipur Press Club.

£10m to improve care for major health conditions

UK – ITV News

£10m is to be invested to improve NHS services in Wales, including £1m for end-of-life care which will be focused on hospices at home.

Laughter yoga eases pain for hospice patients

New Zealand – Central Leader

Amitabha Hospice, in the Auckland suburb of Avondale, has been running laughter yoga at its weekly community group for patients across Auckland. Many of the patients have suffered a stroke or have cancer.

Working with kids at Island Hospice

Zimbabwe – Sunday Mail

Island Hospice has developed a successful children’s support programme, based on its many years of bereavement group therapy with children which started in the late 1980s.

Special animal visit to Beckton children’s hospice

ehospice International Children’s

What could be better – children and animals together? An uplifting story of therapy animals visiting the children of Richard House.

Hospice Simcoe to open children’s palliative care beds

ehospice Canada

Hospice Simcoe plans to offer 24-hour end-of-life nursing care, paediatric visiting palliative care in family’s homes, and grief and bereavement services in the future.

‘Miracle’ saves South Coast Hospice

ehospice South Africa

Miracles do happen – as South Coast Hospice has proved by ending one of its most difficult years ever with a reasonable surplus of funds.

Supreme Court ruling on Affordable Care Act

ehospice USA

The U.S. Supreme Court upholds the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in a 6-3 decision in the widely watched King vs. Burwell case.

Princess Alice Hospice at Home: a patient-centric multi-professional community approach

ehospice UK

Lesley Spencer from Princess Alice Hospice writes for ehospice about how their hospice at home service is ensuring that patients have a better quality of life, an improved experience and achieve their preferred place of care and death.

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