Grace Hospice- Mongolia

History of Grace Hospice Home Care Program

Grace Hospice program of which patients with advanced cancer and for whom cure is improbable are visited in their homes.

Grace Hospice was established in 2005. We offer home care services for individuals in need in the entire Mongolia and surrounding area, and have an office located in Chingeltei. The staff visit patients using public transportation, and routinely provide from Monday through Friday beginning at 9 am to 5-6 pm until all scheduled patients have been visited. Physicians receive telephone calls to help support the caregivers and patients and provide advice on symptom control and help them to understand what is happening with the patient. Currently the staff of Grace Hospice consist of 2 Mongolian physicians, 3 nurses, a spiritual care counselor, a bereavement counselor, and a driver. Another important component of this team is the volunteers who have received 16 hours of classroom training. A caregiver support group meets once a month, and is usually attended by different people each time. The purpose is of the support group is for sharing amongst the family caregivers. It is a time for finding out that one is not all alone. It is a time for sharing of information and copying strategies. One person said “I didn’t have any place to cry”, and expressed appreciation to be able to do that in this group, where many such comments were made.

Following the development of that group, a bereavement group was started. Sometimes it is difficult to get individuals to take part in such a group. It is like the caregiver support group, as it too, provides a venue for sharing and learning that one is not alone. It is also a time to ascertain who is at risk. Finally, and most importantly, it is a time and place to give encouragement and hope that things will improve and that profound sadness will dissipate. Hospice care is primarily about accompanying the patient from the time he is sick until he no longer needs the support. It is with the recognition that quality of care is the goal and not increasing the quantity of life. Patient are living and have things to celebrate, so we are involved with celebration of birthdays and Christmas, Children’s Day, and also helping them to participate in family celebrations by helping to control symptoms they may have. Education and training never is complete and so with this realization, we participate in educational events related to palliative and hospice care in order to improve our knowledge by learning new skills and studying various areas of care in more depth. Grace Hospice offers free care and receives donations primarily through members of the United Methodist Church, which has headquarters in the US. If Mongolians wish to show their appreciation for hospice care they have received we encourage donations when possible. Also anyone who wants to offer support may do so by making a donation to the Grace Hospice program.

Grace Hospice

CPO Box 1242,Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

T: +976 7011 2032

 

Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre

Every year, almost 30,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in Hong Kong, facing tough questions, exhausting treatment and difficult emotions. These challenges affect not only those with cancer, but their family and friends, too. Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre is there for anyone and everyone affected by cancer, providing free practical, emotional and psychosocial support to people in need.

Maggie’s Centre in Hong Kong follows the cancer care concept advocated by its founder, Maggie Keswick Jencks, who had first-hand experience as a cancer patient. We are a charity with a mission to help people affected by cancer – including the patients, their families, friends and carers – to discover and develop the strength of their own resources in coping and living with cancer. Built on the grounds of Tuen Mun Hospital, the Centre was specially-designed to be warm, calming and full of light and open spaces, which is nearby but different from a hospital. It has a professional multi-disciplinary team of oncology nurses, social workers and clinical psychologists, who provides support to fill the gaps of the many needs that complements medical treatments.

Our support programme covers the following four main areas. All services and programmes are offered free of charge; no referral or appointment is necessary.

  1. Information & Practical Support

Information and practical support includes individual and family consultations with our oncology nurses, seminars and workshops on management of cancer symptoms and treatment side-effects, Chinese and Western nutrition, exercises, and other helpful topics.

  1. Emotional & Psychosocial Support

Emotional and psychosocial support involves individual and family counselling and psychotherapy sessions with our clinical psychologists or social workers, support groups, and psycho-educational programmes addressing specific needs of people affected by cancer such as pain management, sleep difficulties, effective communications and positive psychology etc.

  1. Relaxation & Stress Management

Relaxation and stress management techniques can significantly reduce emotional distress and promote healthy psychological and physical adjustment to a cancer diagnosis. There are individual and group sessions to meet different needs.

  1. Warm & Welcoming Spaces

Thanks to the pro-bono service of acclaimed architect frank Gehry, the Centre offers an inviting and uplifting environment for the Centre users. Designed by Lily Jencks, daughter of our founder, the vivid garden surrounding the Centre also allows people to feel inspired, special and cared for.

In 2017 Maggie’s Centre received over 26,000 visits from people affected by cancer and conducted over 5,000 programme sessions. As a member of the Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network, we hope to host overseas colleagues for visits and participate in collaborative activities wherever we can.

More about Maggie’s Centre on www.maggiescentre.org.hk.