Home-based palliative care program in India (2013)

Program: Palliative Care
Coordinators: Gayatri Palat
Other INCTR Participants: Stuart Brown, Fraser Black, Simon Sutcliffe, Virginia LeBaron, Gillian Fyles, Doug Ennals, Ann Syme
Collaborators: Max Watson
Branch(es): INCTR Canada
Location: Single Country
Country(s): India
Institutions: Pain Relief and Palliative Care Society, Hyderabad
MNJ Institute of Oncology & Regional Cancer Centre, Hyderabad
Background Information: The “Life at Your Doorstep” is a home-based palliative care program. The program began in 2008 as an initiative of Pain Relief and Palliative Care Society, Hyderabad in collaboration with MNJ Institute of Oncology & Regional Cancer Centre.
Objectives: This comprehensive home care program offers extensive, 24 hour a day / 7 day a week support to patients and families struggling with advanced and terminal illness in the city of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. The program is the only home based palliative service in the entire city of Hyderabad - a city of 6 million people.
Methods: The service is provided by a team of well-trained and compassionate nurses and counselors, guided by experienced palliative care physicians. The dedicated home care team not only attends to physical problems such as severe pain, breathlessness, malignant wounds, and confusion, but provides skilled psychosocial and spiritual support. Educating and preparing the family for expected changes at the end of life is another key role of the trained home care team.
Progress: To date, the program has cared for over 900 patients an more than 3000 follow up visits. In the year 2012 the program has cared over for 154 new patients and 465 follow up visits.
Future Plans:
Duration: Indefinite
Year: 2013
Last Update: February 2013

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