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Gerry Harris is 92 and has vascular dementia. Because there are no beds available in specialist care homes he is confined to a psychiatric ward in the local hospital. There is nothing for him to do there. The NHS is overloaded and cannot give him the time or the resources to help him with the awful consequences of his disease. So he must live out the rest of his life, either drugged or in distress. HIs family do what they can to visit and keep his spirits up but as the dementia takes its toll, their fears that he can have some kind of dignity and respect at the end of his life only increase. A cautionary tale for a health service faced with an ever increasing ageing population many of whom will die with dementia. THIS VIDEO IS NOW PASSWORD PROTECTED - PLEASE REQUEST PERMISSIONS FROM JIMMY@BEYONDGOODBYE.CO.UK+ More details
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La Maison de Gardanne is a portrait of daily life in a French palliative care center, located between Marseille and Aix-en-Provence. With a paid staff of 75 and 30 volunteers for 24 residents, the level of care is extremely high, and not only because of the low patient-caregiver ratio. La Maison is oriented towards the needs of the residents: there are no set visiting hours for relatives, no wake-up calls in the morning, or obligations to take meals in the dining room. The staff do not wear white coats or name tags, everyone is on a first-name basis, and eats lunch together in the dining room. While the emphasis is on making residents as comfortable and pain-free as possible, the center also offers a wide range of activities and treatments such as daily massages and baths in order to insure maximum autonomy as long as possible. The film is in French. A version with English subtitles is available by contacting the director, Eric Breitbart, at email@example.com His website: www.breitbartfilms.com+ More details
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I came home tired from the ER but excited about how my "doctor friend" transitioned two patients to hospice care in one shift. Wow! We should be doing this in Emergency Departments across the nation! Doctors call your local hospices to find ways to collaborate... then go to my website http://www.oktodie.com/ to learn more!+ More details
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http://www.brightsightgroup.com || A large majority of Americans still die in hospitals or nursing homes. Many suffer poorly controlled pain or other physical miseries and endure their final days feeling undignified and a burden to others. Few of us can even imagine how things might be different. Therein lies the crux of the problem. Our society and mainstream American culture have never grappled with the fundamental fact of mortality; therefore, we do not know what to expect or what is possible. Learn more: http://www.brightsightgroup.net/2012/01/ira-byock-healthcare-keynote-speaker.html+ More details
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Islands Hospice Joplin Relief Initiative Islands Hospice serves our patients, our families, and our community with a total commitment to excellence in hospice care. When curative treatment for a life-limiting illness is no longer an option, hospice care can help address the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the patient and family. We walk together with those we serve to provide comfort and peace, while preserving dignity and quality of life. www.islandshospice.com+ More details
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Palliative care organisations have called for better funding and more training for health professionals as the ACT Palliative Care Strategy ends. ACTHealth say they already support palliative care organisations, and the real problem lies in the lack of time available for training. DION PRETORIUS reports.+ More details
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Complementary Services Tidewell Complementary Services offers a full array of special programs that bring quality of life to those with advanced illness. A variety of therapies — used together with conventional medicine — are designed to facilitate stress reduction, pain relief and distraction, opportunities for joy and healing of psycho-social issues for patients and their families.+ More details
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