Green Pastures Hospice appeal
Palliative care is not about helping people to die. It is about helping people to live life as well as possible. It gives patients choices so that they can get the care that they need and want. For some patients this may mean spending their final days in hospital. Others get the support they need to stay at home with their family.
But now, the continuation of the service is under a serious threat! Funding for this work will run out in a few months and the service is at risk of closing down. We urgently need your help to make sure that patients can continue to receive the care they need.
Your gift today could help a terminally ill patient to live as fully as possible, right up until death.
Bilhana said, 'I know my life is short but I trust the hospital. I thank Green Pastures for curing my pain. I can sleep now, which makes me feel comfortable.'
You can read her story HERE
could pay for a day of hospice care at home or in hospital
could fund a bed for a week in Green Pastures hospice ward
could cover the monthly salary of a specialist nurse
Meet the Palliative Care team
Dr Ruth (above middle) is the palliative care specialist and the project leader of the team. Purna (left) has received training in palliative care in India, thanks to UK funding. She provides a hospice-at-home nursing service for the local community and looks after the patients at Green Pastures Hospital.
Training church volunteers
In order to spread the reach of the hospice service more widely, Dr Ruth, Purna and Manju (right), a specially trained tutor nurse, offer regular workshops for churches. The objective of the workshop is to teach church volunteers how to care for a patient. This includes how to reduce physical symptoms of pain and discomfort, bereavement care, and how Christian death and mourning are distinct.
Professional hospice care at home and at Green Pastures Hospital - a day in the life of Purna
The plan for the day is routine phone calls to community patients, seeing a hospital inpatient, and some administration time - but in palliative care the unexpected often happens…
A phone call reveals one patient has badly deteriorated and the family is destressed. Purna readjusts her day to see the patient at home. She spends time listening to the patient and family, understanding their desire to remain at home, and gives advice on symptom management.
Back at the hospital, Purna visits a lady with an inoperable spinal tumour, who has been admitted to the palliative care room. On a home visit the previous week she had been lying in bed, depressed
and had completely stopped eating. It was very encouraging to see that even a few days of proper symptom management had transformed her.
Purna now sees a different woman, sitting up with a welcoming smile on her face. Simple symptom management and good care at the hospital has renewed her sense of dignity and will to live, even
amid challenging circumstances.
Sterile dressings are expensive, so Purna then talks with some patients who are keen to help folding sterilised gauze pieces, ready for Purna’s next visit to another community patient, immobile due to a stroke. She has pressure sores needing daily dressings. Her family is very poor and are unable to work so that they can provide constant care. Other simple things like a rubber underlay sheet and some diapers also make a huge difference in enabling this family to keep providing care at home. As this lady is also helped by her local church, Purna contacts their pastoral care worker to ensure good ongoing support and communication.
Toward the end of the day, there’s finally time to continue the routine phone calls of the morning, do a little of the overdue administration, including preparation for the upcoming palliative care training workshops, and make tentative plans for the next day.
Please help us to keep this vital work going.