Palliative Care






 


WHAT IS PALLIATIVE CARE?


Palliative Care is total care comprising of physical, psychological, social, emotional, and spiritual care given to the patient and his/her family, suffering from an incurable phase of disease. Patients suffering from advanced Cancer, HIV / AIDS, end stage Liver / Heart / Kidney / Lung / Neurological disease are given total care. Geriatric group of population, essentially people who become home bound are also included under Palliative Care. Care is given by a team of specialists, before and after the death of patients in the form of grief counselling. When it becomes paramount to cater to all the needs of a terminally ill patient, the focus of the team is not to cure but to provide comforting care.


 


DEPARTMENT OF PALLIATIVE CARE


The Department of Palliative Care at Bhaktivedanta Hospital & Research Institute was started in 2007, and since then it has provided free home visits to more than 2000 families in the suburbs of North Mumbai i.e. Mira Bhayandar area. Patients who are bed ridden and not able to visit the Hospital due to their physical condition register for free Home Care Program at a minimum registration fee. They are provided Palliative Care at their doorstep by our dedicated team of doctors, nurses, psychotherapist, and volunteers. Each year the Department trains a select group of college students to help patients in their final journey by providing Diversion Therapy, and organising wish fulfillment events and celebrating festivals, birthdays and anniversaries.


Palliative Care Services offered by the Department include:




  • Palliative Care in IPD 

  • OPD Consultation

  • Day Care

  • Respite Care

  • Nurse's Diet and Hygiene Counselling

  • Psychological Counselling

  • Home Care and Symptom Management

  • Training of family members

  • Spiritual and Grief Counselling

  • Medical Counselling

  • End of Life Care at the time of death (Death Care)

  • Emergency Consultation on phone



In addition to the above services the Department also provides Palliative Care at the Bhaktivedanta Hospital's Palliative Care Centre located at Sasupada, Vasai.