March saw the launch of the National Hospice Service project – a central government supported social service project.
New Zealand – Stratford Press
Population gains mean an increase in need for hospice palliative care is going to almost double in the next 30 years, says chief executive of Hospice Taranaki Kevin Nielsen.
Slovenia – STA
Slovenia’s only hospice in Ljubljana plans to shut down in the coming days once the last patient is transferred to another location.
US – Medical Xpress
A large new study in the New England Journal of Medicine examines the impact of growth in Medicare’s hospice benefit among nursing home residents.
US – Eureka Alert
Surveys of loved ones who lost elderly relatives show that the perception of the quality of care for the dying in the United States has worsened over the last decade.
From the time they’re in medical school, doctors are taught to respect and preserve the lives of their patients. But what happens when saving a patient’s life means contradicting his or her wishes?
ehospice International children’s edition
Between May and October this year, the Butterfly Children’s Hospices in China needs to recruit volunteer, western-trained nurses to support them as they recruit and train permanent nurses.
At the HPCO Conference in Toronto, Sarah Pearson facilitated a workshop that used music therapy techniques to address the grief that hospice and palliative care workers experience from the death of patients.
ehospice South Africa
The theme for this year’s Hospice Week, 3 to 10 May, is “Passion for Compassion”. The aim for this week is to demonstrate compassion in communities and to reflect on the compassionate care that hospice workers provide for patients and their families.
Outreach Guides to help reach African American, Latino, and Faith Communities are available online, free of charge from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.
The Cicely Saunders Institute and Hospice UK have joined forces to launch a new Palliative Care Outcome Measures Resource Pack.