News / UK and world by Press Association February 12, 2019, 5:52 pm Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Gavin And Stacey star Alison Steadman has told the Prince of Wales about the heartfelt comfort she received from a hospice he supports as patron after her mother was diagnosed with cancer. Marie Curie patron Charles met the actress when he visited the charity’s Liverpool hospice where the performer’s mum Marj received care. The heir to the throne praised the work of hospice staff as he met terminally ill patients and their families and when he chatted to Ms Steadman, a Marie Curie ambassador, she told him: “They were so kind to us, it made such a difference.” Charles spent the day in Liverpool with wife Camilla celebrating its people, culture and history and the couple renewed their friendship with Ireland’s President Michael D Higgins, and his wife Sabina Higgins, when the foursome met at Liverpool University’s … [Read more...] about TV star tells Charles of comfort hospice provided over her mother
Banburyshire’s hospice is facing a £250,000 shortfall over the next three years because of new government rules on NHS pay. Katharine House chief executive Angharad Orchard has written to the six MPs whose residents use the hospice asking them to intervene, saying while it supports the proposed rises, it is worried about the impact on it and other hospices.The Adderbury hospice is one of the majority in England that do not meet ‘Agenda for Change’ criteria for staff pay, so it will not be given a share of a fund to pay for expected pay rises.Ms Orchard said: “It costs more than £4 million a year to provide our services and we only receive about a quarter from the government. “The rest – about £3 million – comes from local people, businesses, and trusts and foundations. Without government support the extra cost for the pay rises can only be met by asking our communities to give more, or by reducing the services we … [Read more...] about Katharine House Hospice faces staff funding crisis
The hospice at Boutwells Landing senior housing complex in Oak Park Heights closed Monday due to a compliance issue. Minnesota Department of Health officials recently identified that the hospice, called The Gathering, did not have the correct license to be a residential hospice, said Scott Smith, a spokesman for the department. The Gathering had a housing-with-services license, which covers assisted-living and home care patients. Smith said the problem was not related to the quality of care at the facility. “The Gathering has apparently now decided to resolve the compliance issue by closing its residential hospice area,” he said. The six employees of The Gathering were let go on Monday. The Gathering, which has provided hospice care since 2004, was a four-bed unit located on the first floor of Boutwells Landing’s main building. It was part of Lakeview Health and staffed by Lakeview Hospice employees; Lakeview Homecare and Hospice leased the space from Boutwells … [Read more...] about The Gathering hospice in Oak Park Heights closes due to a licensing issue
When my mother prayed - when she remembered what prayer was - she asked every saint to please let her die in her sleep. In late 2016, my mom died that way, in her own bed, one week past her 101st birthday. One of my sisters and I were curled around her, asleep ourselves.My mom's death was perfect, and hospice helped. But her dementia made enrolling her and keeping her in hospice nearly impossible. She died during her second stint in hospice.The year she died, I had reached out to a hospice and palliative-care agency because my mom seemed to be heading downhill fast.A gerontologist had diagnosed my mom with late-stage dementia and encouraged us to place her in nursing care. My mom needed help with dressing and using the bathroom. She wasn't bedridden, but bone-crunching osteoarthritis and worsening cognitive issues kept her marooned in a chair. She could feed herself once a plate of food was set in front of her. She spoke, but not a lot, unless she was in full-blown agitation.By then, … [Read more...] about At 100, my mom had dementia and needed hospice care. Getting it was nearly impossible.
More Info Visit honoringchoicestn.org for resources. POLL: Do you know someone who has received palliative or hospice care? Yes: 100.00% (1) No: 0.00% (0) Total Responses: 1 Former first lady Barbara Bush's death has ignited discussion about end-of-life choices and the difference between hospice and palliative care — a conversation experts hope will continue. Bush, who died Tuesday at the age of 92, had for years experienced congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and was treated for other illnesses, according to media reports. Days before her death, Bush's family issued a statement saying she had decided not to seek medical treatment and would focus on "comfort care." Dr. Joanne Lynn, director of the program to improve elder care at Altarum Institute, worked with Bush years ago, when she was a congressional spouse volunteering at the Washington Home for chronically ill patients, according to a Tribune News Service report. Bush helped with the … [Read more...] about Barbara Bush’s death renews conversation about palliative care, hospice