Palliative Care India USA

About Pallium India-USA

We are an all-volunteer organization that advocates for culturally sensitive care in the Asian Indian community. We train volunteers and provide information, resources and education about available services. We also support Pallium India’s (est. 2003) crucial work fighting for pain care for the suffering millions in India when afflicted with diseases like cancer. Pallium India was founded by Dr M.R. Rajagopal, its chairman, who is spearheading this field of medicine in India, and has received world recognition for his pioneering work.

Website: http://palliumindia.org/about/usa/

Our Mission

A pain-free life with Dignity and Compassionate Care for the community living with aging issues, or serious/advanced illnesses, whether in the USA or India.

Be a Volunteer, Donate, Spread the Word!

We are seeking volunteers to grow our organization in the US. If any of the following applies to you, you might be a good fit for our organization:

Speak any Indian language

Are culturally sensitive and have a desire to be of service to the Asian Indian community
Have aging or seriously ill family members in US or India
Have an interest in providing support such as reading and companionship to ill or aging Indians in your area
Care about the situation in India when it comes to pain care
If this sounds like you, get in touch using the contact form here…

Background

There is a growing need for culturally sensitive care of Asian Indians living the United States. As our community ages, we need access to hospice and other services related to care of the aging. Yet, the cultural barriers are often very high. Pallium India-USA bridges this gap with caring, appropriate services and resources to ensure the best outcome for the entire family. At the same time, we raise funds to build palliative care units and training centers across India.

What is Palliative Care?

It is medical and comfort care of the seriously ill to alleviate pain and suffering. When cure is possible, it supports the patient receiving that curative treatment. When cure is not an option, the emphasis shifts to pain relief, physical, psychosocial and spiritual support to the patient and family. It is provided by a team of doctors, nurses and social workers and volunteers.

Our Services

Project USA

Provide community-sensitive referral services
Provide Hospice volunteers for:
Support for the patients and the family
Respite care: relief help for the care taker
Assist community in filling out Advance Health Care Directives, a document that states your healthcare wishes when you cannot speak for yourself.

Project India

Raise awareness of the seriousness of the problem of pain relief for diseases like cancer in India which is currently an ignored issue
Raise awareness of need for palliative care departments as 80% of cancers are diagnosed too late for any curative treatment
Raise funds to build palliative care clinics and training centers in cancer and general hospitals across India
Connect US donors so that they can fund projects in their home states and elsewhere in India
Activities

Monthly core group meetings
Hospice volunteering
Resource sharing/referrals
Speaker Forums to provide information to community