Deepsikha’s Hospice for Cancer Patients
TEJI DEVI SHANTI STAL
Hospice is a concept rooted in the centuries-old idea of offering a place of shelter and rest, or “hospitality” to weary and sick travelers on a long journey. Hospice care provides humane and compassionate care for people in the last phases of incurable disease so that they may live as fully and comfortably as possible.
Hospice is an institution that takes care of the advanced and terminally ill cancer patients . It is neither a hospital nor a home, but infact both the specialized care together with the love of a home.The care given is to make the patient as symptom free and comfortable as is possible.
Hospice is a philosophy of care. The hospice philosophy or viewpoint accepts death as the final stage of life. The goal of hospice is to enable patients to continue an alert, pain-free life and to manage other symptoms so that their last days may be spent with dignity and quality, surrounded by their loved ones. Hospice affirms life and does not hasten or postpone death. It provides family-centered care and involves the patient and the family in making decisions. Care is provided for the patient and family 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Aims and Objectives of Hospise
To care for advanced and terminally ill cancer patients.
To offer this care to all who need it, irrespective of community, caste or creed.
To give preference to the poor and needy.
To provide this care at a very nominal cost and preferably free, if possible.
To conduct research for palliation in advanced care
Location of the Hospice
The hospice is located in the pollution-free place near Mirza, very near to the Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport. The 1 Bigha piece of land has been donated by a philanthropist. Most major cities have a hospice service. With this need in mind, Deepsikha came up with a hospice in Guwahati .
Address : Sontala , Barkuchi, Mirza, Guwahati , Assam Pin-781125.
For booking : Dr. Mrinmoyee Baruah, Secretary , Deepsikha. Mob. 09864037697
Pain and symptom control :The goal is to keep the patient as free of pain and comfortable as possible, yet alert enough to make important decisions..
Spiritual care : Hospice care also tends to the spiritual needs of the patient and the family. Since people differ in their spiritual needs and religious beliefs, spiritual care is set up to meet the patient and family’s specific needs.
Respite care: At some point during hospice care, the family and caregivers may need some time away from intense care-giving. Hospice services offers them a break through respite care, which is often done in 5-day periods.
Family conferences: Through regularly scheduled family conferences, often led by the hospice nurse or social worker, family members can stay informed about your condition and what to expect. Family conferences also gives all a chance to share feelings, talk about expectations, and learn about death and the process of dying. Family members can find great support and stress relief through family conferences.
Bereavement care : Bereavement is the time of mourning after a loss. The hospice care team will work with surviving family members to help them through the grieving process. A trained volunteer or professional counselor will provide support to survivors through visits, phone calls, and/or letter contact, as well as through support groups. The hospice team can refer family members and care-giving friends to other medical or professional care if needed. Bereavement services will be provided for about a year after the patient’s death.
Infrastructure for the Hospice
The proposed building will be a three blocks structure ( G+5, G+2, Ground Floor) consisting of:
Dormitories for Male and female
Cabins and Semi cabins for Male and Female
Recreational area for patients and attendants