US – News-Herald
Scott Abram is a counselor trained in a national ministry program who sees his volunteer work as part of his own growth. Behind bars since the early 1990s for murder, he has gotten used to spending time with male prison friends as they die in rooms 205 or 206 on the second floor of the state’s prison for chronically ill inmates.
Clinicians will only be able to banish the brutal words “nothing more can be done,” from their vocabulary when palliative care is universally integrated into public and private health healthcare systems and made “as available as air,” as one of my Ugandan colleagues recently put it, writes Katherine Irene Pettus.
UK – NHS England blog
Dr Ros Taylor, national director at Hospice UK, explains how hospices are ready to play their role in delivering the very best end of life care.
UK – The Independent
The commonly held belief that home is the best place to die may be a myth, according to an expert in end of life care, who said more should be done to improve people’s experience of dying in hospital.
India – On Manorama
India has been ranked as one of the worst places in the world to die but Kerala was praised for bucking up the trend by providing good end of life care, according to an 80-country “quality of death” study.
New Zealand – Southland Times
Truly skilled and well-resourced palliative care can be more than a mercy; it can be liberating during the end-stages of life. The flip-side, sadly, is that its absence can be brutal.
Radio New Zealand
The Mary Potter Hospice in Porirua started story-telling group sessions in July led by three well-known Māori authors, who share stories either from their own experiences of bereavement or from Māori mythology.
India – The Hindu
The Pain and Palliative Care society will construct a shelter home and a day-care centre for the terminally ill. The centre will be set up at Olarikkara.
Australia – The Guardian
My hospital sees its fair share of isolated, disenfranchised patients. For those who die without tributes or tears, doctors and strangers are often the only mourners, writes Ranjana Srivastava.
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s We Honor Veterans program is celebrating its five year anniversary; NHPCO renews its partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Marie Curie has announced an extension to its Fast Track Service in Glasgow, which will enable more patients in the south of the city to die at home.
Later today harness the power of twitter to share your views on unmet palliative care needs by joining a tweetchat organised by Palliverse and Palliative Care Australia.
ehospice South Africa
During our annual HPCA Conference which took place last week, I managed to chat with David Praill, previous Chief Executive of Hospice UK, previously known as Help the Hospices.