World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 7 October 2015

Categories: In The Media.

Lehigh Valley hospice nurses find compassion in Kenyan hospital

Kenya – The Morning Call

It seemed everyone at the Kimbilio Hospice in Kenya — the aides, the cooks, the cleaners and even the other patients — dropped what they were doing to join in song for the boy in the final moments of his life.

Canada not prepared for ’demographic bomb,’ Mulcair says as he touts health plan

Canada – Vancouver Sun

Canada is ill-prepared for the “demographic bomb” set to hit the health-care system, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair said Tuesday as he highlighted commitments such as a plan to deliver universal, prescription drug coverage.

How hospices care for the dying

UK – BBC News

The UK has been named as the best country in the world at providing end-of-life care. Much of this work is done by hospices. How do they bring comfort to patients and their families?

‘I’d rather go while watching Countdown’ – the British way of death

UK – The Guardian

Britain is the best place in the world to die, according to a new survey. But how can that be true, asks Stuart Jeffries, when we work so hard at airbrushing death from our lives?

ASCO, AAHPM issue guidance statement on hospice, palliative care in oncology practice

US – Healio

ASCO and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine have issued a guidance statement outlining strategies for high-quality palliative care delivered by oncologists to patients with advanced cancers or high symptom burden.

‘Grace Before Dying’ exhibit reveals prison hospice program

US – West Hartford News

A powerful photography and quilts exhibition, revealing the innovative in-house hospice program that helped to transform one of the most dangerous maximum security prisons in the US into one of the least violent, has made its Connecticut debut.

Assisted dying: What does the law in different countries say?

BBC World News

California has become the fifth US state to allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives with a doctor’s supervision. What does the law say in different states and countries when it comes to the right to die?

Going to work, writing letters for the future and speaking your mind: Day-to-day living when you know you’re dying

UK – The Independent

On Reddit, many users with terminal conditions have been sharing their stories of how they are choosing to live their lives in the knowledge they have a finite period of time until their death.

Access to palliative care in US hospitals still not universal

ehospice USA

Despite rapid expansion in hospital palliative care programs in the US, access to these programs nationwide varies across geographic regions and depends on factors such as hospital size and tax status.

“Gosh, you work in a hospice? It must be so difficult…”

ehospice UK

Caroline Collins is a nurse on the specialist inpatient unit at St Catherine’s Hospice in Crawley. Here she shares her experiences of being a hospice nurse.

Tax law compliance for palliative care institutions

ehospice Africa

What are some of the taxation considerations Africa-based palliative care organisations should consider? Josephine Kampi Tatyabala, Resources Director for the African Palliative Care Association, writes about tax obligation compliance.

HPCA Conference 2015: MEC & Minister of Health in full support of palliative care

ehospice South Africa

During our annual HPCA Conference that took place in Durban last week, we were privileged to have esteemed guest speakers such as the MEC of KZN, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo and the Honourable Minster of Health for South Africa, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi.