|Tuesday, 29 July 2008 14:54|
Our home-care teams, comprising our former hospice patients and others living with AIDS, make regular home visits to over 600 patients from 60 slum communities in Bangkok.
History: The HDF has operated the city’s first and largest free AIDS hospice since 1993. Since anti-viral drugs became accessible, many of our patients have been able to return home to family. To prepare the families for their arrival and create a positive, life-affirming home environment, we established our Homecare Program in 1999.
Homecare Initiatives and Activities
Hospital group visits: We work with government hospitals and make monthly visits to groups of poor PLWA, conducting workshops on receiving and administering proper medication; insuring access to treatment; and assessing, maintaining, and strengthening health at home.
Mercy Centre-based counseling: We receive phone-in and walk-in inquiries from new patients, existing patients, and family members of PLWA - approximately 20 inquiries per day. In addition, our homecare patients have a direct line to Mercy Centre for questions about treatment and medication or whenever they need help regarding family problems and emergencies.
Hospital registration: HDF-Mercy Centre homecare staff assist in all facets of patient registration at government hospitals. Many of the poor living with AIDS lack the identification papers required to receive government health benefits. In such cases, we assist in gaining the proper documents, a process that often requires travel to home provinces, paperwork, registration, and many impediments.
Transportation assistance to and from hospitals: Many patients are unable to carry themselves to a hospital on public transportation or lack the means to pay for transportation. We provide whatever assistance is required to ensure our patients visit their doctors for regular check-ups and hospital visits.
Home maintenance and repair: Many homecare patients live in squalid conditions, where it is difficult to maintain proper hygiene. We make home repairs whenever necessary and also help relocate families and provide emergency housing assistance for those facing eviction.
Nutrition: Nutritional supplements, rice, and dry foods.
Job placement, income-earning activities, and micro-loans: HDF Mercy-Centre helps place the poor living with AIDS in both full- and part-time positions. We also provide micro-loans and emergency loans.
Children’s Outreach Network:
We have initiated a network that brings together all the children we reach through our homecare programs, HIV positive and negative children alike, and unite them in regular activities with our own children living in Mercy Centre. Children from our homecare network now have a place, outside their own homes, where they know they will always be welcomed and loved.
The parents and families of these children also join together with our homecare staff at Mercy Centre and work together to resolve common issues, which include:
General Homecare Program Benefits
A Typical Success Story
Ignorance, discrimination, guilt, shame, and poverty.
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