Helping hand in the final journey… Each year, an estimated 40 million people are in need of palliative care; 78% of them people live in low- and middle-income countries. Worldwide, only about 14% of people who need palliative care currently receive it. Hospice care is a special kind of care that focuses on the quality of life for people and their caregivers who are experiencing an advanced, life-limiting illness of a terminally ill patient's pain and symptoms. Hospice care provides compassionate care for people in the last phases of incurable disease so that they may live as fully and comfortably as possible. In the journey it addresses emotional and spiritual needs of people at the end of life. Hospice care prioritizes comfort and quality of life by reducing pain and suffering.
Bhaktivedanta Hospital and Research Institute, under the aegis of Sri Chaitanya Seva trust, is rendering services such as day care, home care and institutional care in Vrindavan. We are rendering the services to sooth the heart and soul of patients in need of palliative care. Palliative care is explicitly recognized under the human right to health. The hospice philosophy accepts death as the final stage of life: it affirms life, but does not try to hasten or postpone death. Hospice care treats the person and symptoms of the disease, rather than treating the disease itself. A team of professionals work together to manage symptoms so that a person’s last days may be spent with dignity and quality, surrounded by their loved ones. Hospice care is also family-centered – it includes the patient and the family in making decisions.
Vrindavan sees an inflow of people from various parts of the world who seek peace, calm and contentment. They also see this as a place where the doors to heaven open, after a person takes their last breath. The challenge comes when people suffer from a terminal condition and have no one to look after them. The team of Bhaktivedanta Hospice identifies such people and provides them care, compassion and ensures that their last days in the mortal body are dignified.