To improve the quality of life of people suffering from a prolonged debilitating illness by providing the best possible holistic care made affordable and acceptable through community participation and also helping the affected families.
There are two home care units, one attending to regular planned home care visits on all days except Sundays and the other attending to emergency calls. Two teams of volunteers including nursing staff and one doctor visit the patients in their homes with medicines and all other necessary medical equipments. Apart from medicines, equipments like water bed, wheel chairs, crutches etc are also supplied to the needy, free of cost.
Procedures like injections, catheterization etc are done during home visits which saves the patient from the trouble of being taken to hospital for this purpose. The relatives of the patients are given proper guidance in wound care, medication, diet etc. These visits strengthen the confidence of the patient & family members to face the hard times of illness.
It is very important for those serving in the field of palliative care to understand the mental, emotional and social problems faced by the patients, their family members and other care givers.
The majority of the patients come for treatment are financially backward. In several cases, the sole earning member is the affected person and the income of the family is reduced to nil. For them, a rice kit of 10 kg is being given every month. In deserving cases, education assistance ranging from Rs 300 to Rs 2000 is also given to their children.
The outpatient clinic is open on all days of the week between 9.30 am and 4.30 pm, except Sundays. The patients are received by trained volunteers who give the patients and relatives an opportunity to ventilate their emotional problems and to explore their social issues. The doctor goes through the documentation made by the volunteer, listen to the patient, examine, discuss with patient and relatives and arrive at a plan of care.
Palliative care for children is the active total care of the child's body, mind and spirit, and also involves giving support to the family. It begins when illness is diagnosed, and continues regardless of whether or not a child receives treatment directed at the disease.
Our Hospice centre is envisaged as a shelter for patients who need prolonged treatment, perhaps until the end of their life. Daycare centre is envisioned as one where patients can be admitted for the whole day so that close relatives can go for work and earn their living. The Hospice & Daycare centre is at Olarikkara, Thrissur.
We have undertaken Projects for rehabilitation of patients and their dependents. A poor family would have exhausted all their resources for treating terminal illness of the bread winner and would be in great debt and misery. It is essential to rehabilitate such families in the real spirits of Community Palliative Care movement.
Our major facilities and services are listed below with page links. In addition to them we have a student group, Renal Patient's support named Chetana, Welfare support for deserving patients and a help desk to know the welfare measures provided by the Government for assisting economically backward families, etc.
The outpatient clinic supported by 16 doctors and 60 volunteers, is open from Monday to Saturday with an OP time between 9.30 am and 4.30 pm.
The Inpatient Ward is for critical care, respite care and end of life care can accommodate 10 patients at a time for a period of 7 to 10 days.
The physical condition of the bedridden patients can be improved substantially by proper physiotherapy. The physiotherapy unit functions Monday to Friday.
The Hospice for patients who need prolonged treatment, perhaps till the end of their life. Daycare is daytime care for patients, so the relatives can go for work.
Home care visits from Monday to Saturday by a team of doctors, nurses and volunteers are arranged for patients who cannot be brought to the clinic.
Peer support groups like Kidney Patients, Colorectal Cancer Support, Mental Health Group are for regular interaction with our patients by doctors and volunteers.
Patients and their close relatives are partially self-employed under our rehabilitation programmes such as screen printing, soap and garment making.
The Institute is approved by the Govt. of Kerala for training in palliative care, also a collaborating centre of Institute of Palliative Medicine, a project by WHO.