“Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.” (WHO definition)
“Palliative care is the medical care provided to patients with active, progressive, far-advanced diseases, for whom the prognosis is limited and the focus of care is the quality of life.” (Oxford Textbook of Palliative Care, 1998)
ELIGIBLE CARE RECIPIENTS:
The Centre for Hospice and Palliative Care “Casa Milostivirii Divine” provides care to patients with advanced and progressive chronic diseases, with uncontrollable symptoms and/or psycho-social needs, who have reached the final stages of their life. Care is given without discrimation, regardless of nationality, religion, gender or social status.
Patients will be given palliative care when:
• curative treatments are no longer effective
• care can no longer be provided at home Patients in advanced stages of their illness and those in a lot of pain are given priority.
• dignity and singularity
• avoiding useless treatments which create discomfort and impact the quality of life
• relief of pain and suffering
“Merciful is the heart which opens itself to the need of the other. When you suffer, I feel pain, and my heart reaches out to your need…” (Stan Rougier)
Mercy is another name for love – love experienced, love in action…