As a charitable hospice organization, we work hard to provide qualified staff for areas in Eastern Europe that need much support for terminally and seriously ill patients. Hospices of Hope provides training to medical staff in the area of palliative care but as anyone involved with this type of support can recognize, medicine, treatment and a purely scientific approach only goes so far.
Many of our patients deal with loneliness and isolation, which can be serious causes of further physical and psychological suffering. That is why we believe in a holistic approach to palliation, and this touching story from BELHospice Serbia is a prime example of the dedication and care volunteers and staff put into their work every single day.
Recently, one of the patients of BELHospice got a home visit from nurse Ivana and psychologist Miljana. It wasn’t just a routine visit but a very special one as patient Mira was turning 93 years old. It might seem like a small gesture but in can make a major difference to someone who might face spending a birthday by themselves entirely. This emotional encounter certainly was a contribution to Mira’s quality of life and we have all our generous donors and contributors to thank for providing the support necessary to carry on our daily work.
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About the Charity
Hospices of Hope developed from very small beginnings into a leading palliative and hospice care organization in South East Europe. Since 1992, we have facilitated care for more than 40,000 patients in Romania, Moldova and Serbia and have trained more than 20,000 health care professionals from all over Central and Eastern Europe. However, much work is still to be done as there are still many vulnerable countries and groups of beneficiaries that desperately need care and do not receive it.
Hospices of Hope in the USA
The support we have received from the US has been humbling, we were incredibly inspired by people who donated money, time and skills to an organization offering services thousands of miles away from where they live and we have responded by opening a small office in Nyack, New York, thanks to the amazing support of Dr Ronna McHammond. Ronna still runs our US branch of Hospices of Hope.
One of the most important components of our activity in the US has been, from the beginning, the transfer of know how to the country where we operate, good practice, empowering nurses etc. It all started with a project with the Rhode Island and Boston University.
At the moment we are using the skills, experience and knowledge of organizations like Cedars Sinai in LA, Stanford University or Mott Hospital in Michigan which arepioneering and piloting the usage of technology in therapy.
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