Palliative Care Center For Adults
18.05.2022

General Information About The Center

 

Increase in chronic critical diseases with each passing day due to the world population growing older gradually leads to increasing need for palliative care. Palliative care is defined as an approach aiming at improving the quality of life by effective evaluation and symptomatic treatment as well as early determination of all the life threatening physical, psychosocial and mental problems (particularly pain) of the patients and their families who encounter disease-oriented problems. Our aim is to offer service based on the philosophy of ''when it is not possible to add days to life, add life to the days.'', providing patients to be more peaceful and comfortable in the rest of their lives.

 

The Basic Principles of Palliative Care;

 

1. Relieving pain and other annoying symptoms

 

2. The patient accepts life and sees death as a normal process.

 

3. The patient doesn't have the intention of hastening death or postponing it.

 

4. The patient integrates psychological aspects with mental aspects.

 

5. Providing support for the patients to help them to live an active life as much as possible until their death.

 

6. Providing support for the patients and their families in the course of the disease and during the grief process.

 

7. Multidisciplinary approaches are adopted to meet the needs of patients and their families including grief consultation.

 

8. It can be applied at the beginning of the course of the treatment to improve the quality of life and affect the course of the disease positively in relation to the other treatments aiming at prolonging life such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

Our Palliative Care Center was officially registered in November 2019 as it offers service for patients 18 years and over with 16 beds and hospitalization period is between 15-21 days.

Treatment and Diagnosis:

Patients are admitted in our clinic according to our patient admission criteria. An approach touching the soul of the patients who gaze at us hopeful and worried, being respectful for human values is our working principle. Receiving appropriate support and good care at the end of life is a basic human right.

 

1. Cancer patients

 

2. Patients with chronic, resistant end-stage lung disease

 

3. Patients with resistant, end-stage heart failure

 

4. End-stage chronic renal failure

 

5. End-stage chronic liver disease

 

6. Neurological diseases (stroke etc.)

 

7. Motor neuron disorders (Multiple Sclerosis etc.)

 

8. Geriatric syndromes (Alzheimer and Parkinson)

 

9. After trauma

 

10. Rheumatoid arthritis

 

11. Drug-resistant Tuberculosis

 

12. Bedbound, non-curative patients who need someone else's support and have difficulty in the management of physical and emotional symptoms

 

Featured Services

 

Required trainings are provided for patients and their relatives to prepare them for home care in our Palliative Care Center. Hands-on trainings are provided on the topics such as personal care, catheter care, aspiration, perineum care and nutrition of the patients as well as positions in emergency cases by planning based on the principle of DO-WATCH-TEACH-DO. Every patient and patient relative are individualistically evaluated as physically annoying symptoms are followed and managed. Furthermore, patients and their families are socially, psychologically and spiritually supported.

 

The trainings provided for patients and their relatives in Palliative Care Center are listed below;

 

1. Tracheostomy care

 

2. PEG-Nasogastric catheter care

 

3. Urinary catheter care-urinary drainage bag changing

 

4. Things to do for proper patient positioning and preventing formation of pressure ulcers

 

5. Postural drainage

 

6. Catheter care

 

7. Personal care training (mouth, eye, ear nose throat and feet care)

 

8. Aspiration training

 

9. Perineum care

 

10. Pressure injury care

 

11. Training of proper bathing applied to the patient

 

12. Hygiene training

 

13. Hand and Surface Sanitizer Use Training

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

1. Can my patient stay in Palliative Care Center till s/he passes away?

 

No, s/he can't. We arrange symptomatic treatment of patients, teaching how to care and send him/her home after discharge.

 

2. Is Palliative Care Center also a nursing home?

 

Palliative Care Center is not a nursing home. We improve the quality of life of you and our patients by providing care and symptomatic management with a multidisciplinary team. It in not an alternative substituted for long-term nursing homes, but it embraces care and treatment services preparing patients for going home or nursing home.

 

3. Why do you teach us patient care?

 

We teach you how to care for your patient at home to make home care easier for you.

 

4. My patient is not recovered. Why do you discharge him/her?

 

Our aim is not send a patient home after recovery. We discharge patients with incurable diseases after relieving their symptoms and improving the quality of their lives.