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Document Typology: Web Article
Methodology addressed by the publication:Narrative medicine
Title of document: Home health care and palliative care
Name of author(s): Diakonia Christian Foundation
Name of publisher: Diakonia Christian Foundation
Language of the publication: Romanian
Language of the review: English
The purpose of home health care aims to ensure a dignified care to the patient, an adequate and appropriate to its individual needs directly in its familiar environment. Because this type of care, the number and duration of hospital treatment can be reduced and the patient's healing process can be improved.
Home care services are offered for free, if they are recommended by the doctor of the patient.
Home care services within Diakonia Christian Foundation began to be granted in Cluj in 1992, and following that in February 2006 to be accredited by the Ministry of Health. Patients benefit from free home care services (90 days per year), on the specialist doctor or family doctors recommendation.
Home health care service and palliative care are provided by a multidisciplinary team consisting of 2 doctors, 5 nurses, 1 social worker and 1 caretaker.
Palliative means to take care of the patients in advanced stage of an incurable disease, mainly cancer, the stage that exceeded therapeutic possibilities. Through palliative care services it is provided a comprehensive treatment of symptom control, emotional support, social, spiritual and human dignity of every sick person.
The aim is to ensure the quality of life for patients, alleviate somatic and psychological suffering, support and encourage the physical and mental activities and support for family members (including bereavement).
In palliative care services is involved a multidisciplinary team consisting of doctors, nurses, psychologists / specialists in mental hygiene, social workers, clergy and trained volunteers.
The patient in an advanced state of a disease is entitled to his somatic symptoms and pain and mental suffering to be alleviated, and be surrounded by friends and family. Hospice care type is characterized by involvement of carers in patient health care.
Reviewer's comments on the document:
The article presents the importance of home health care and the services offered in this respect by the Christian Diakonia Foundation.
They manage through their services, to ensure a better quality of life for the patient, both through home health services, and by alleviating mental and somatic suffering, emotional support and empathy. They also provide emotional support for the families of incurable patients.
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