World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 30 April 2015

Categories: In The Media.

Assisted suicide bill ‘contains significant flaws’ says committee

UK – BBC News

Proposals to allow assisted suicide in Scotland contain “significant flaws”, according to a report from Holyrood’s health committee.

BlueCross, Aspire aim to keep terminal patients at home

US – The Tennessean

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee and Aspire Health are piloting a new way to treat people in the end stages of terminal disease by bringing providers into the home to eliminate unnecessary hospitalizations.

End of life planning helps ease decision-making for family and patient

Canada – Calgary Herald

While it is an inevitability for us all, death is not something that we are particularly keen to talk about.  Yet, in your lifetime, it is likely that you will need to have a conversation about your final wishes and/or how you will you honour the wishes of a loved one.

Men ‘catching up’ on life expectancy

BBC News

Men are narrowing the gap on women when it comes to life expectancy in England and Wales, research in the Lancet indicates.

New scholarship opportunities for nurses and social workers

ehospice South Africa

APCA, in partnership with Global Partners in Care, is providing a limited number of scholarships for Africa-based distance learning and degree courses in palliative care.

Careseekers – helping the needy get in touch with carers

ehospice Australia

A new online service connecting those in need of home care with available carers launched in Sydney last week.

Helping Hounds

ehospice Australia

HammondCare, one of the country’s largest aged care providers, has received $1.5 million from the Australian Government to trial an assistance dog program for dementia sufferers in NSW and Victoria.

Guidance for staff responsible for care after death – second edition published

ehospice UK

Jo Wilson, lead author of a new guide on caring for people after death, explains how the guidance can help ensure there is good care for people who have died.

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