HBC Cancer and NCD
The Home Based Care (HBC) Program for Cancer and Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) seeks to meet the needs of clients and their families in the setting of their own homes. During home visits the home care team monitors the client’s condition and provides symptom relief, supportive care and counseling. Family members, who are the primary caregivers are also cared for and empowered to look after loved ones in the comfort of their home.
There is an unmet need for palliative care for life limiting health problems especially among the urban poor community in Delhi. Shalom provides comprehensive holistic care services to our home care patients who are suffering with cancer and other non-communicable diseases.
Shalom’s aim is to provide holistic care and to enhance quality care to patients with life-limiting illnesses. In our work we address not just their physical suffering but are involved in taking care of issues beyond physical symptoms like addressing their practical needs and providing bereavement counselling with other supportive care. Shalom offers a support system to help patients live actively.
We can’t do everything, but we can always do something… Palliative care says “There is always something we can do” many patients with life-limiting illnesses have so many problems that health workers and carers can feel overwhelmed and powerless to help. People are often sent home and told not to return because “There is nothing we can do”. But we need to focus on what we can do, rather than be discouraged by what we cannot do.