Medical Home Care Service - a community-led program
Caring for elderly relatives who suffer from chronic illness and/or Alzheimer's Disease is a huge burden for the very poor of Vijayapuram. The quality of life for the bed-ridden elderly patients can be miserable, as the financial burden of taking relatives to seek medical attention can be too much for some. This Task seeks fresh ideas, links, advice and fund-raising ideas around setting up a community-programme where medical and palliative care can be provided to bed-ridden patients, by locally trained community volunteers and trained medical staff such as Nurses and Doctors. See Joseph's personal letter below to all Neighbours.
My project is medical home care for the poor and the needy old patients especially the Alzheimers patients in my village. First of all I may invite your attention to the fact that in our country there is no practice of Medical Home Care Service for the old patients by Doctors and nurses. So the poor and old including the Alzhiemers patients do not get proper attention and nursing in their homes. The poor families are unable to provide them with nutritious food sufficient medicines and medical care. Even though there are Multi Speciality Hospitals, they are out of reach for the poor as they are expensive and profit motivated. In Government Hospital also there are no facilities for better treatment to the poor due to the corruption among the Doctors and other staff. Considering these financial problems the poor families do not care to take sick old patients to hospital. This is very miserable and sympathetic. The poor people are unable to provide their dear ones with the expensive treatment. In these circumstances the poor old and chronic diseased will become victims of huge debt poverty and disappointment. So it is my great wish to help the poor sick old patients by providing them with free medical care nutritious food, treatment, as well as medical supplies. I was inspired to help the sick and old people by my parents.
But at present, even though I have good will to do all these I require some help out side to run this just like the vehicles need four wheel to run.