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The Sneha Deepam Society was established in 1992 with the objective of promoting spiritual, educational, industrial, agricultural, and physical interests of people without discrimination against race, community, caste, or creed. The Palliative Care Center is a response to the need felt in the area of healthcare, particularily those with incurable cancer. In India, 80% of cancer patients are incurable at diagnosis. Many die in uncontrolled pain and great distress. Sneha Deepam is a refuge for the ailing patients and their families to find the medical,social, and spiritual support they need during the last days of life.
The objective of the Sneeha Deepam Palliative Care Center is to offer symptom relief, care and comfort for those patients with terminal illnesses, particularily cancer, in the last stages of their life. The Palliative Care Unit of the Christian Medical College determines whom to admit in the palliative care center and oversees the clinical supervision of all the patients admitted to Sneha Deepam. These supervisons include regular physicain visits with on call services, along with team support from nursing, social work, and chaplain. All these services are provided to the patients admitted to the center with no cost.

Photo Gallery of the Hospice

The Staff

Patient Stories

Laksmi and her husband were married at a young age. When her husband died just 18 months after their marriage she found herself a widow at age sixteen. Fifty years ago it was not acceptable for a widow to marry again. Lakshmi remained single for over five decades. In her sixties, Laksmi developed breast cancer. As the cancer spread to her lungs she began having severe episodes of breathlessness due to fluid in her lungs. She arrived at the Palliative Care Outpatient Clinic at CMC where a drain was placed to help prevent recurrent fluid collection and breathlessness. With no husband or children to assist with her medical needs and transportation, she had to rely on the help of neighbors. Her neighbors were able to help on many occasions but unable to provide the continued care needed. Lakshmi was without money for food and medication and without social support that she needed. After discharge from CMC she moved to Sneeha Deepam Hospice where she remained a patient for over 1 year. She was able to get the medical support she needed as well as a family in the staff to support her. She was happy that she didn't have to worry about food, shelter, or lonliness. She was grateful to her neighbors for their help  but didn't miss not having her own family. She was happy to be with the staff, her family, in her final days.

Services Offered

The Sneha Deepam Society has made an agreement with the Daughters of Mary, St. Josephs Province, which facilitates the deputation of two religious sisters to serve in the palliative care center. One of these sisters is a nurse and the other sister looks after the practical administration of the center.
The Staff includes:
Adminstrator                               1
Staff Nurse                                  1
Auxiliary Nurses                          4
One year trained nurses                2
Support Staff                               2
Nursings Trainees                        2  

Clinical Supervision of the patients is overseen by the Palliative Care Team at the Christian Medical College.
The team offers both clinical management to the patients as well as non-clinical support to the patients and their families.
Clinical Management is looked after by the nursing team at the palliative care center under the guidance of the medical advice from doctors on the palliative care team. This includes administration of medications on time, dressing wounds, lymphedema massage, and looking after the details of basic nursing care.
Non-Clinical Support is also given in the form of social, psychological, and spiritual needs of the patients and their families. Group activities and games are offered on a daily basis and particiation is encouraged as health permits. Families and patients are able to enjoy holidays, gardening, singing, reading the paper, or simply interacting with others experincing the same circumstances.