Long-term & Old-age Care

Palliative care has become an emerging need of the day as the existing health-care facilities play only a limited role in the care of the chronically ill in the society.  Patients with terminal illness in most cases spend their lives in the community among their family and neighbors which is stressful for both the patient as well as the care givers. Thus there is the urgent need for multi disciplinary team approach for their constant care. Palliative care is a holistic care which fulfills the requirements of chronically ill patients. Palliative care provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms. It affirms life and regards dying as a normal process. It intends neither to hasten nor postpone death. It integrates psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care. Palliative care offers a support system that helps the patient to live as happily as possible till death.  It offers a support system that helps family to cope with patient’s illness and their own bereavement. The idea is to ‘add life to their days and not days to their life!.  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.
Palliative care:
·         Provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms;
·         Affirms life and regards dying as a normal process;
·         Intends neither to hasten or postpone death;
·         Integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care;
·         Offers a support system to help patients live as actively as possible until death;
·         Offers a support system to help the family cope during the patients illness and in their own bereavement;
·         Uses a team approach to address the needs of patients and their families, including bereavement counseling, if indicated;
·         Will enhance quality of life, and may also positively influence the course of illness;
Though there are a number of hospitals, hospitals which provide special palliative care is very minimal in our country.  In and around kerala there is no hospital or centres which provide exclusive professional palliative care treatment. At this juncture, Mr. Akhilesh  Madhavan, with more than 15 years of experience in the medical and healthcare industry  mostly in England has come up with the novel idea of setting up a 60 bed palliative care centre at Karimkunnam, Thodupuzha in the name of  ‘Cedar Specialist Hospitals’.
With age, an individual becomes more prone to various diseases. In old age, every organ of the body needs some special and extra care to ward away diseases or deformities. Heart problems, arthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes, and all such conditions can be prevented to a great extent by following a healthy lifestyle. A rising trend is being noticed among the urban elderly also, who move out of their homes and into habitats especially catering to their needs, in order to spend their later years in comfort.  Many organizations have started to address this need for age-friendly habitats, by building integrated housing and care facilities for the elderly.
Apart from palliative care, the proposed centre will also house a centre for rehabilitation from major illness and also as a centre for retirement and old age living. This center brings some old age care tips that can help people add some extra years to their life.