Home-based palliative care services in the regions

Home-based palliative care services used to have different names – the Pilot project, the Mobile Hospice. It traces back its history to 1996. Its goal is to render palliative care services to very sick children within 250 km from Minsk.

Home-based palliative care (Minsk)

 

The core care is still provided at home. Everything is easier at home. Moreover, it is really important to stay with mom and dad, especially for a very sick child. Within the frames of the home-based palliative care program, nurses, caregivers, social workers, a massage therapist and a doctor pay visits to children under the hospice care. If necessary, they consult oncology, neurology and intensive care specialists.

Educational activities and publication of materials

For many years the Belarusian Children’s Hospice has been cooperating with the Belarusian Medical Academy of Post-Graduate Education in the domains of capacity training related to children’s palliative care. In 2016 a training center was opened at Forest Glade. It includes a conference hall, a training room and a media center. Our specialists take capacity training courses, teach others, develop information and educational materials on children’s palliative care.

 

Friends’ Club

The Friends’ Club has been functioning at the Belarusian Children’s Hospice since 2012. The key goal is to promote social adaptation of children and young people with disabilities. 

Clown Doctor

The program was initiated by Theodora Foundation (Switzerland) in 1995 at the Republican Research Center for Pediatric Oncology and Hematology. Since 1997 the program has reached out to children under the hospice care.

Voluntary service

ВолонтерThe Belarusian Children’s Hospice pioneered voluntary service in Belarus. At present, there are about one hundred and fifty volunteers in our database. In early 2000’s, there were only some ten volunteers, mainly medical students and student teachers. Now everything has changed. People from all walks of life and of all ages from Belarus and abroad give us a hand.

Summer Camp Stork

Every summer our children and their families can holiday in the countryside at our summer camp Stork in Podleskovye village, Stolbtsy district. It is one of the few places in Belarus, where children with severe disabilities can forget about their conditions. The summer camp Stork is a perfect place not only for children under the hospice care, but also for young people with severe disabilities under 24 years old from all over Belarus. In a course of five shifts, children are cared for by our social workers, psychologists and volunteers. 

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