World Palliative Care Day

Ethical, humane and professional approach to patients suffering from serious illnesses, at the terminal stage.
PHI Specialized Hospital for Geriatric and Palliative Medicine "November 13" is the only institution in our country that provides geriatric and palliative care.

Palliative care is carried out in two hospices, "SUE RYDER" in Skopje and Bitola.
Palliative care aims to control pain, alleviate suffering, uphold dignity, and improve quality of life for the rest of life. It is not restricted by age, type of disease or pathology. Each patient is treated individually, depending on their physical and emotional problems. The palliative clinic started functioning last year, and the next goal is to expand palliative care services at home.
October 12 is World Palliative Care Day. This year is with the message "MY CARE, MY RIGHTS" whose goals are:
      - Sharing our vision of increasing the availability of hospice and palliative care around the world by creating public speaking opportunities;
      - Raising awareness and understanding of the needs: medical, social, practical and spiritual - of people living with limiting illnesses and their families;
      - Encouraging funds to support and develop hospice and palliative care for people with limiting illnesses and their families;
But not only on the day, the team of November 13 - Skopje daily raises awareness of the importance of alliative protection.

Both hospices have a capacity of 75 beds, we have staff there. It is multidisciplinary such as: specialist in different fields, internist, psychiatrist, neurologist, physiotherapist, dermatovenerologist.
Also secondary medical staff, such as a specialist in palliative care, physiotherapists and health care workers as social workers.

The number of patients in need of palliative care is growing both in the world and in our country.
Our facility is the only one in the country that provides such an organized team approach to palliative care patients. It signifies a multidisciplinary approach, a team of many different specialties, who, in addition to their underlying professionalism, should have empathy, understanding of their patient's problems and symptoms, and so on.

When dealing with this type of patient, nurses should maintain the level of humanity and professionalism at the highest level of humanity and professionalism. Since this will allow easier access to patients, by achieving timely medical treatment, as well as being able to implement medical interventions properly and easily to patients.
Most often in these patients, due to the general physical and mental condition, which is quite difficult, it is very difficult to achieve co-operation, and it is needed to facilitate the overall condition and to achieve the full well-being of the patient.

In the interest of improving the daily life of patients, socio-educational clubs are organized on current topics, then religious holidays are celebrated, events are organized, in collaboration with local community institutions.
But most of the patients are often reluctant to attend due to the severe deprivation they face and are therefore filled with depression, anger, anger, which they channel through conflict with their closest family members. Here, too, the social worker appears as a listener and best friend.

You can watch the video here