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Terminally ill patients need relationships with carers – health advocate

first_imgRadio NZ News 17 January 2017Family First Comment: If we get this right, we remove the need for assisted suicide!“You need a relationship, a safe, trusting environment and a relationship with someone who knows you in order to start discussing end-of-life care. “And I know from many of the focus groups and the meetings I’ve attended on cancer services that a lot of people don’t get the kind of care and support.”A leading patient advocate is calling for more continuity of the carers who help those with a terminal illness.Aucklander Lynda Williams, a longtime staunch advocate for health consumers, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in October last year.But she remains the spokesperson for the Auckland Women’s Health Council and has put out its regular newsletter while receiving chemotherapy and organising her affairs, including helping family members prepare for when she is no longer there.She is well known in health circles as an advocate on women’s issues, and for her evidence-based, forthright approach.She said being “bolshie” has served her well as a patient.“If I don’t get to see the same person I make a bit of a fuss. Given that it’s pancreatic cancer and I don’t have time to muck about I’m not at all backward in sticking up for myself and saying ‘this is what I need’.“You need a relationship, a safe, trusting environment and a relationship with someone who knows you in order to start discussing end-of-life care.“And I know from many of the focus groups and the meetings I’ve attended on cancer services that a lot of people don’t get the kind of care and support.”End-of-life and palliative care were under the spotlight last year as Parliament’s health committee considered a petition seeking legislation to facilitate voluntary euthanasia under certain circumstances.Ms Williams said end-of-life care was an area where New Zealand needed to do better.“I think it’s absolutely vital that people facing the end of their life have access to that kind of care.“We’ve got a long way to go and there’s not a lot of informed consent going on in some of these services either.”This mirrors the views of former health and disability commissioner Ron Paterson, who said informed consent was often more honoured in the breach.READ MORE: http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/on-the-inside/322545/terminally-ill-patients-need-relationships-with-carers-health-advocatelast_img read more

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An unusual Mother’s Day celebration

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich -Today is the one day that you want to shower mom with not only gifts but hugs and kisses. but due to COVID–19 restrictions, this was not possible for those with aging parents in facilities.   Two sisters had a unique Mother’s Day with their mom.Waving through a glass window two sisters had to blow kisses and mouth words to their mom while holding a sign that read, “We love you.”Boots Worniak,  who has been at Medilodge of Alpena for approximately one year, kept waving for her daughters to come in.As hard as it was, Jane Fortner and her sister, Susan Decker, had to explain as best they could that they were unable to do so.Jane had a series of emotions at today’s visit but she’s thankful to the facility for accommodating them as best as they were able.She reflected back on this past January when they were able to celebrate their mom’s 100th birthday and how so much has changed since that time.Jane is thankful to Medilodge for arranging Skpe, Facetime, and sending pics during the COVID–19 pandemic but she is already planning her visit after restrictions are lifted.We spoke with Life Enrichment Director, Kathy Klimek, about the unusual Mother’s Day at Medilodge and she said giving out carnations and pie to all of the mothers today seemed to make them happy.  She also added that patients are being tested and thankfully tests are coming back negative.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Wishing moms everywhere a happy Mother’s DayNext Daily COVID-19 update May 11, 2020last_img read more

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Rosberg rebounds from Austin frustration to claim first victory since June

first_imgNico Rosberg finally converted a pole position into a race victory again by beating Lewis Hamilton in a Mercedes-dominated Mexican GP.A week after gifting his team-mate the win in Austin with a late error – a result which confirmed Hamilton as the 2015 world champion – Rosberg made no mistake this time to claim his first win since June’s Austrian GP.Rosberg led from the lights, ensuring an anticipated heated first corner battle never materialised, although a twist in proceedings briefly seemed on the cards when Hamilton stayed out an extra lap at the second stops to question whether his tyre wear really required an extra visit to the pits.A late Safety Car – called for a crash for Sebastian Vettel, who endured an unusually torrid race – wiped out what had been Rosberg’s three-second lead, but the German, despite a brief off-track moment, stayed out front when racing resumed and claimed just his fourth win of the year.Hamilton, who also ran wide late on as he attempted to apply the pressure, finished 1.9 seconds back to confirm Mercedes’ 10th one-two finish of the year. The world champions’ drivers are now also back in formation at the head of the Drivers’ Championship as Rosberg moved back ahead of Vettel.The world champion, meanwhile, congratulated his team-mate on his victory: “Nico drove a fantastic race. I’ve never seen a crowd like this, it is like a football game.” Although Hamilton’s goal for the season, a third world championship, had already been achieved before his arrival in Mexico City, Rosberg’s win means the Briton’s chance to equal the record for the most wins in a single campaign has ended.–last_img read more

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Province reaches another agreement for LNG facility land

first_imgThere is already an agreement in place with Nexen for the Aurora LNG project on the adjacent piece of land. In February 2013, the Province put out a request for an expression of interest to build at Grassy Point near Prince Rupert, which attracted four suitable submissions.Woodside will now have to seek regulatory approval, an export permit from the National Energy Board and decide with its partners if the project will move forward. – Advertisement –last_img

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