Karunashraya, a 55 bedded facility extends free professional palliative care to advanced stage cancer patients who are at the end-of-life stage.Patients are at Karunashraya for an average period of 15 to 30 days before they pass on.These last days of the patients are made comfortable and free from pain- both physical and mental by our team of doctors, nurses and counselors. All food requirements, medicines and medical consumables are provided by us.The pleasant ambiance adds to their well being
Cancer patients whose disease is in the final stages are in great physical and mental strain. Most of them have no recourse to finance having spent whatever money they had for treatment upto now.Over 70% of these patients are from the economically weak sections and daily wage earners for whom it is 'no work no pay'. Patients admitted at Karunashraya get free care and family members can go to work.Patients cannot be looked after at home at this stage as pain is severe and palliative care unknown.
We have a team of doctors, nurses and counselors who are trained in palliative care. Pain is brought under control and with correct and timely administration of medicine, dressing of open wounds and good food, the patients get relief from pain.They also have spiritual and psychological issues that are attended to by counselors.Senior staff meet regularly to discuss any ongoing problems. We are the only organisation in this field offering FREE PALLIATIVE CARE regardless of cast creed or religion.
We have been in this field for the last 20 years. We started with Home Care Service and in 1999 when this facility was ready, opened it to the public. Till date we have cared for 15,000 patients and their families. Our care extends to the patients family also. The counselors listen to and advice the family members especially where they do not accept the disease. The 55 beds we have is not enough and we have got permission to construct 2 more wards for 24 beds. This work will soon start.