“Generally, hospice is care given to a patient who is in their final stages of life, with emphasis on caring for that person to make their remaining days as comfortable for them as possible. With hospice, there is no work on finding a cure to a person’s illness, but rather comforting them in their final moments. Hospice care is generally available to those patients usually no longer responds to any treatment, so hospice helps to care for a person when medicine is no longer effective.

While the need for hospice can be difficult for a patient or their family members to accept, it is important to remember that hospice is there to help. Its emphasis is on the quality of the patient’s life that matters most. Thus, hospice care is dedicated to provide as much comfort as possible to a patient in the final stage of their illness.

In addition it provides education to family members on how better to care for their loved ones and hospice also offers support for the family who faces eminent loss. Hospice understands the toll that caring for a patient 24 hours a day has on a family and so hospice care can relieve family for a time for much needed rest. For the patient, hospice provides emotional and psychological therapies to them to help accept their illness and issues with dying. Hospice also provides for pain management and any medical prescriptions or supplies the patient might need.

Many people with terminal illnesses are more comfortable in spending their final days at home. Hospice care understands this need and family members too play their part in helping their loved ones. It is extremely beneficial for a patient’s family to be around them and so family is always considered in hospice care. For patients without family, hospice care facilities are essential to ensuring care and comfort to the patient during their illness.

Hospice workers are always medical professionals such as doctors, nurses and trained volunteers. Many times a patient’s hospice team will also include psychologists and members of the clergy.

While anyone considering hospice care can understand the need for it, there is the issue of how. In the case of hospices established by the CAA no payment has to be made.

They are run with donations provided by people and organizations. In this regard you too can contribute either by providing donations or by volunteering to help the needy. How you can lend assistance is mentioned below.

The patients have to obtain a letter from their physicians and or hospital regarding the situation of their medical condition. They would be admitted to the hospice under the directions of relevant Government hospitals or doctors.

Running a network of Hospices Islandwide is no easy task. So you could also help to ensure the final days of these patients remain as comfortable as possible. The next cancer victim might be you or one of your loved ones. Your contribution could give hope and comfort to people who had none before.

For any information on CCA you could contact National Cancer Institute Director. Your donations and support are vital for the success of this worth endeavor.”

(c) copyrights to Rasika Somarathna of the Daily News

Anuradhapura Hospice Project