This project will provide home hospice care to 10 terminally ill patients in Nepal every month. Currently, terminally ill patients in Nepal do not have an option to have hospice care at their homes. Only a couple of hospice care organizations in Nepal currently offer in-patient hospice care. A large majority of terminally ill patients do not receive any kind of end of life care. With this project, we will be able to provide peace, comfort, and dignity to the terminally ill patients.
Currently, approximately 70% of terminally ill patients in Nepal do not receive any kind of end of life care. There is no home hospice program in Nepal. A handful of organizations currently run in-patient hospice program. However, the in-patient hospice programs are not able to meet the need of most terminally ill patients who prefer to live at home. Terminally ill patients and their families experience severe physical, emotional and social distress in absence of hospice care.
We will start by offering hospice care to terminally ill patients in Patan area of Kathmandu valley. We expect to provide hospice care to 10 terminally ill patients per month to start with. Our goal is to empower the patients and involve them in their care. The hospice team will visit patients at their homes, assess their needs, and in collaboration with the patients and their families, develop the best plan of action to manage the symptoms, and keep the terminally ill patients comfortable.
1.) Terminally ill patients will have a comfortable, peaceful, and dignified death. 2.) Family members taking care of the terminally ill will get good sleep, emotional relief, and physical comfort if the patients are comfortable. This leads to increased productivity and may help minimize stress related illnesses. 3.) This may help the family economically as they may be more productive than while taking care of a terminally ill loved one whose symptoms and discomfort was poorly managed.