World Hospice and Palliative Care Day observed
Hyderabad, October 14, 2017… Sparsh Hospice, both the Telugu states’ first hospice and palliative care center observed World Hospice and Palliative Care Day today. Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illness. It is the care extended to the terminally ill cancer patients. Once the cancer is termed as ‘Terminal’ it means that the life of that patient will end soon and no curative treatment is possible. Hence in this stage, it is deemed fit to concentrate in improving the quality of life and lessening the suffering rather than trying to prolong life with toxic treatments. This is the concept of ‘palliative Care’. A hospice is a place where patients with terminal illnesses are provided palliative care.
World Hospice andPalliative Care Day is a unified day of action to celebrate and support hospiceand palliative care around the world. It takes place on the second Saturday ofOctober every year. And it is observed all over the world. The day is observedto share its vision to increase the availability of hospice and palliativecare, to raise awareness and understanding of the needs—medical, social,practical of the people and to raise funds to support and develop hospice andpalliative care services.
To mark the occasion a Walk was organized today morning from KBRPark to Basavatharakam Cancer Hospital by 50 members, Sparsh Hospicesupporters, Rotary members, and others associated with the Center. At theBasavatharakam Cancer Hospital, the walk stopped and interacted with the familymembers of the cancer patients stationed there and explained them the freePalliative Care Support Sparsh Hospice for so many years.
Later they all metat Sparsh Hospice facility at Road No. 12, Banajara Hills, where they invitedthe family members of the diseased Cancer Patients who availed facilities atthe center. The families recounted their sorrowful and painfuljourney during the last days of the diseased patients and the free palliativecare and support provided by the Sparsh Hospice. This program was organized tocreate awareness for the free palliative care provided by the Sparsh Hospice.
Sparsh Hospice isthe Palliative Care Center which is an initiative of Rotary Club of BanjaraHills Charitable Trust. Sparsh Hospice is currently located in a rentalplace in Road No. 12, Banjara Hills is a 12 bedded facility and is the firstHospice in our state. Palliative care at Sparsh involves physical,emotional and spiritual care, with a team of trained doctors, nursing staff,physiotherapists, counselors and spiritual guides. And this is the freeservice. It also provides home care services. Till date it has givenservice to more than 800 in patients free of cost and more than 350 homevisits.
It spends littleover Rs 5 lakh to run the facility each month. All these funds aremobilized through the donations from individual philanthropists and corporateunder CSR initiatives. All of Sparsh’sfacilities including stay, medicine, medical care and food are entirely free topatients. The running cost is about Rs 5 lakh every month.
The trustees of Sparsh Hospice appealed to all the philanthropists tocome forward and donate to run Sparsh Hospice as well as for the constructionof 50 bedded new center. Such donations can be made in favour of “RotaryClub of Banjara Hills Charitable Trust” or pay online www.sparshhospice.org. Alldonations to Sparsh Hospice are exempted under section 80G of IncomeTax. Sparsh can accept donations as per FCRA rules of Govt ofIndia.
Sparsh Bank Account details for donations are as follows.
Bank: Yes Bank, Account Name: "Sparsh Hospice"; Accountno: 025094600000400; IFSC Code: YESB0000250