Palliative Care

 
Kerala Social Security Mission is implementing the Vayomithram project which provides health care and support to elderly above the age of 65 years residing at Corporation/Municipal Areas in the State. The Vayomithram project mainly provides free medicines through mobile clinics, Palliative care, and Help desk to the old age. The project implemented as a joint initiative to LSGD in the area. (Municipality/Corporation).
 
KSSM has decided to start 9 more projects in the current financial year up on the priority of the basic support provided by the municipality. Marad (Ernakulam), Manjeri, Kottakkal (Malappuram), Vadakara (Calicut), Chalakkudy (Thrissur) municipalities has expressed their interest for the project.
 
  1. Mobile clinic service: Vayomithram provides medicines free of cost by conducting mobile clinics in ward basis in the area. There are no economic criteria for availing the service. Each mobile unit comprises of Medical Officer, Staff Nurse and JPHN.
  2. Palliative care service: This service intends to provide palliative care for the bed ridden patients in the project area. Special trained nurses and JPHN's are available for the service.
  3. Help Desk: Vayomithram co-ordinators provide help desk service to the needy old age in the area. The old age can avail the help from the Vayomithram office.
  4. Other services: Special Medical Camps are conducted in project area for aged (eye camp etc) Special entertainment programs like Sallapam, Snehayathra were conducted mainly for the destitute in old age home and Vayomithram beneficiaries
  • 1.Sponsorship programs were conducted with the help of NGO's, Institutions in the area.
  • 2.Conducted special day programs (Related to health and welfare) in the area.
  • 3.Counseling service has been providing by Vayomithram co-ordinators with reference of doctors from mobile clinics.
  • 4.Active involvement of Vayomithram in Social issues related to old age in the area. (Rehabilitation etc).
 
 
For the first time in India, the Government of Kerala has declared a Pain and Palliative Care policy facilitating the development of community based home care initiatives under the leadership of Local Self Government department. The Arogyakeralam Palliative care project formulated in consonance with the State policy initiated community participatory services in Kerala. 
 
The project aims to identify patients in need, offer guidance for suitable treatment methodologies, provide care at home for the bed ridden and incurably ill and equip the primary health care system to provide care including medicines to the ‘socio economically' backward patients. As part of this project, doctors, district coordinators, nurses and auxiliary nurses have been appointed to coordinate home care and other programs.