Frequently Asked Questions
What is Hospice Nepal?
Hospice Nepal provides a variety of specialised care services for people with a terminal illness – supporting them, and their families through illness, death and bereavement. Hospice Nepal is a registered Charitable Trust founded in 2000 independent of any other organisation and administered by a Board of Trustees. Hospice Nepal is financially supported by donations and the generosity of individuals, community groups, businesses, trusts and foundations and the wider community.
What does “Hospice” mean?
Hospice is a philosophy of care which focuses on supporting the needs of people who have a life-limiting (or terminal) illness. The concept of Hospice has been evolving since the 11th century. Then, and for centuries thereafter, Hospices were places of hospitality for the sick, wounded or dying. The original name ‘Hospice’ means “A place of rest for weary travelers”.
What is palliative care?
It is the care provided for people who have reached a stage in their illness which is terminal. Palliative care services are aimed at improving the quality of life for the person and their family. Palliative care aims to neither hasten or postpone death.
Do you have a childrens facility?
Unfortunately no! Currently in Nepal there are no palliative care or end of life facilities for children. This is something our project teams are hoping to address in the rebuild of the Hospice. A small ward of four to five beds is proposed and we hope that this too will become a centre of excellence for Nepali children.