Health  India Project #27736

Palliative Care for Advanced Stage Cancer Patients

by Bangalore Hospice Trust - Karunashraya Vetted since 2011 Site Visit Verified

Summary

Karunashraya, a 75 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

$648,734
total goal
$645,552
remaining
32
donors
0
monthly donors
1
year

Challenge

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 75% 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.

Solution

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.

Long-Term Impact

We have been in this field for the last 23 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 19,000 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. Having qualified palliative care professionals and good infrastructure will be highly beneficial for patients and their families.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).

Resources

Hospice website

Organization Information

Bangalore Hospice Trust - Karunashraya

Location: Bangalore, Karnataka - India
Website: http:/​/​www.karunashraya.org/​NewSite/​Index.html
Project Leader:
Georjo Pius
Bangalore, Karnataka India
$3,182 raised of $648,734 goal
 
36 donations
$645,552 to go
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