A serene and dignified departure
Sparsh offers patients a serene atmosphere to spend their last days, before making a dignified departure from this world.
During the last days, we try to give patients all the comfort and care that they desire, besides treatment and nursing.
This palliative care is most relevant and useful in the case of the terminally ill, as in the last phases of cancer, and there is nothing left to do but make the patient as comfortable as possible, under the circumstances.
Families of such patientsare often not able to deal with this stage of a loved one’s life.
Sparsh Hospice ensures that the autumn of life is traversed with love, affection and dignity.
And the end is blessed with tears of relief, more than sorrow.
What is Palliative Care?
Palliative care is to look after and attend to a person who is suffering from life-threatening disease like cancer. It is care given to improve the quality of life of the patient by addressing the person as a whole instead of just their disease. The aim is to treat the symptoms and side effects of the disease and its treatment, including treating their psychological, social and spiritual problems too. Palliative care is care given to provide patients with comfort, support and symptom management.
Palliative Care at Sparsh Hospice
- Pain relief and palliation.
- Symptomatic management of medical issues like vomiting, breathlessness, constipation etc.
- Wound care, bleeding & ulcer care, tube feeding and other nursing care.
- Keep the person company – talk, watch movies, read, or just be with the person. Even when patients cannot speak or smile, their need for companionship remains. The patient can no longer recognize you, but may still draw comfort from your touch or the sound of your voice.
- Allow person to express fears and concerns about dying, such as leaving family & friends behind.
- Be prepared to listen & willing to reminisce about the person’s life.
- Respect the person’s need for privacy.
- Avoid withholding difficult information. Most patients prefer to be included in discussions about issues that concern them.
“Palliative care teaches us that human beings are more than containers of disease, that our aim should be – and has to be – improvement in the quality of life also, not only the quantity of life.”
– Dr. M.R. Rajagopal, a Padma Shri awardee, Indian palliative care physician.
What is a hospice?
Hospice is a special way of caring for people who are terminally ill, and have no cure options left. Death is inevitable yet remains a neglected issue in modern health care. It is natural that every human being will eventually die. People who are dying may move towards death over longer or shorter periods of time and in different ways.
In patients with terminal cancer this final journey can be difficult and exhausting, making any given day an ordeal. One of their greatest fears is dying alone in a sterile, impersonal surrounding. Most of these patients don’t want to be hooked up to tubes, and cut off from family, friends, loved ones and things that are familiar. There is a greater fear of dying in pain.
They would prefer, if possible, to spend the final phase of life at home – as pain-free and alert as possible – surrounded by the people and things they love.
An end-of-life care option that provides dying patients and their loved ones with comfort, compassion, and dignity does exist. It’s called hospice.
A hospice focuses on caring, not curing.
When a cancer patient’s medical team determines that the cancer can no longer be controlled, medical testing and cancer treatment stops. But the patient’s care continues. This care focuses on making the patient comfortable. The patient receives medications and treatments to control pain and other symptoms, such as constipation, nausea, and shortness of breath. Hospice care also provides counselling and mental strength to face the inevitable end.
“You matter because you are you, and you matter to the endof your life.
We will do all we can not only to help you diepeacefully, but also to live until you die”.
Dame Cicely Saunders, Founder of Hospice Movement