Focus AreasMaternal and Newborn Health
Supporting patients and families suffering from life-limiting illnesses though facility and home-based care
The Romila Palliative Care (RPC) serves as a reassuring centre for patients sufferingfrom life-limiting illnesses.
Romila Palliative Care uses a patient-centric approach to improve the quality of life of patients with life-limiting illnesses. We support families and patients through the life-cycle of an illness, from diagnosis to treatment, and in some unfortunate cases, end-of-life and post-life grievance. The project was conceived by SNEHA founder and trustee Dr. Armida Fernandez and her husband, Dr. Rui Fernandez, who lost their only child Romila to cancer. We have directly supported 374 patients since the project's inception in February 2017 until August 2018.
We provide free home visits where necessary, to ensure that each patient is comfortable, experiences minimal pain, and is cared for with dignity.
Trained doctors, nurses, and counsellors at the centre provide both medical and psychological support to patients and families.
We support families and caregivers with medical, psychosocial and spiritual guidance to cope with their loved ones’ illnesses with greater confidence.
Palliative care network
SNEHA is leading a network of palliative care providers to work with the National Health Mission across public health facilities in Maharashtra.
Patients suffering from life-limiting illnesses require both physical and emotional support. Caregivers also need support, as they may feel emotionally unequipped to cope with such challenging situations. We work with families to make sure that patients receive comprehensive care, and that caregivers receive technical as well as emotional support.
Srinath*, 61, was suffering from terminal ureter and bladder cancer when he first came to the centre. He experienced mobility issues and had been in considerable pain. His wife and primary caretaker, Lata, confided in the counsellor her inability to take optimal care of Srinath.
Based on her account, and Srinath’s pain and physically fragile condition, the counsellor and doctor began attending to him at the centre. However, Srinath was unwilling to receive palliative care as it made him feel that death was near.
The centre’s counsellors and palliative staff regularly visited Srinath and his family at home. They tried to minimize his pain and helped him deal with his concerns in a constructive manner.
Lata was relieved that her husband was receiving good care. She regularly attended caregiver support meetings, and reported that these helped her feel less alone and more effectively cope with Srinath’s illness.
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