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Palliative Care Patients Perspective

Massage & Myotherapy Australia have today called upon all political parties contesting seats in the Victorian state election to answer to what the community and doctors are telling them about the needs of palliative care patients.

Mrs. Hughes, Massage & Myotherapy Australia CEO, said that in the absence of adequate policies and funding that recognize their role, many professional therapists are asked to provide their services for free. In the long-term this is untenable. Among the palliative care community, massage is well known for its benefits in improving the quality of life of patients.

High-Intensity Rehabilitation Services For Residents Of Nursing Homes

A new study reveals a growing trend of potentially unnecessary and harmful high-intensity rehabilitation services for residents of healing homes. The study finds that this trend, which may be driven by a desire to maximize reimbursement rates, is on the rise for patients in the last 30 days of life, indicating that these services may be interfering with appropriate end-of-life care.

The study was published in the  Journal of the American Medical Directors Association.

Palliative Care Must Happen Before Death

Our experience of death obviously shapes the final moments of our own life. It also shapes the experience and remains in the memories of those around us. Around 160,000 Australians die each year, but few achieve the type of death they would like.

Some 60% of us would like to die at home, but less than 10% are able to. Up to 30% are admitted to intensive care before they die in hospital. As an intensive care specialist for more than two decades, my colleagues and I do the best we can to provide high-quality end-of-life care.

Patients Family Learn About Hospice Care

Palliative and hospice care " address the needs of the whole person, which is the foundation of Catholic health care," said Sister Carol Keehan, a Daughter of Charity, who is president and CEO of the Catholic Health Association, based in St. Louis. She made the comments in an Oct. 8 news release issued jointly by CHA and the Supportive Care Coalition in Hillsboro, Oregon, to mark World Hospice and Palliative Care Day Oct. 13.

Difference Between Hospice And Palliative care

Is your senior loved one starting to exhibit advanced symptoms of Alzheimer's dementia? It might be time to start switching the primary focus of his or her treatment from memory care , which is primarily concerned with life and memory preservation, to palliative care , which is mostly centered on quality-of-life improvement and pain control.

Many people first hear the term " palliative care " paired with "hospice," and they naturally think that the words are interchangeable. Although they're similar in many respects, they are not exactly the same. Today, let's talk about the differences between the two.

Role Of Palliative Care In The Current HIV Treatment Era

As antiretroviral therapy has led to longer life expectancy among people living with HIV, the prevalence of aging-related and another comorbid disease has also increased in this population. A 2016 study, for example, projected a 44% increase in infection-unrelated malignancies over a 5-year period and a 28% reduction in infection-related malignancies.

Additionally, data show that cancer is the leading non-AIDS cause of death in people living with HIV, and this situation does not appear to be improving. The study was published in Lancet HIV.

Common Myths About Hospice Care, Palliative Care

An extremely aggressive form of brain cancer. Like pancreatic cancer, glioblastoma has one of the lowest five-year survival rates of all major cancers. In the days leading up to McCain’s death, his family issued a statement announcing that he had chosen to “discontinue medical treatment,” which prompted a discussion about the differences in treatment intended to stop cancer growth vs. palliative care and end-of-life care. Below, we explain the differences and dispel common myths.

End-Of-Life Patients Suffering Last Days

In the end, it wasn't easy for Aaron McQ to decide when to die. The 50-year-old Seattle man a former world traveler, triathlete and cyclist learned he had leukemia five years ago, followed by an even grimmer diagnosis in 2016: a rare form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS.

An interior and urban designer who legally changed his given name, McQ had been in pain and physical decline for years. Then the disease threatened to shut down his ability to swallow and breathe. "It's like waking up every morning in quicksand," McQ said. "It's terrifying."