Founded in 1992, Casa Sperantei began life with an office of one nurse treating terminally ill patients for the first time in Romania. As well as hospice care at home, in 2002, Romania’s first in-patient hospice was opened to treat and manage patients’ illnesses and symptoms for three weeks at a time. The hospice has beds for 13 adults and up to 7 children at any one time.
Hospice home-care still continues with medical teams of doctors, nurses and social workers visiting patients and families in their homes.
The hospice also has an out-patient clinic for patients, as well as a day centre. The hospice is now regarded as a Centre of Excellence for South-Eastern Europe.
In 2009, two rural teams were started as a pilot project to demonstrate to the Romanian Government how palliative care can be provided in a rural setting. The teams in Fagaras and Zarnesti have quickly developed links with the other clinics and hospitals in their community. The level of income in rural Romania is much lower than in the cities, so the patients tend to be poorer.
Princess Diana Education Centre, Brasov
The Education Centre was opened in 1997 to provide hospice resources and training courses to medical and social care professionals from all over South-Eastern Europe.
Hospice Casa Sperantei, Bucharest
Hospice Casa Sperantei began providing hospice care to terminally adults and children in Romania’s capital in 2005. Medical teams visit patients in hospitals and their own homes to provide pain relief and care for illnesses and symptoms as well as social and spiritual care. In November 2007, Bucharest’s first out-patient clinic opened to provide further care and relief for patients in the capital.
Nicholas Edeleanu Institute and Training Centre, Bucharest
Opened in 2004, the Centre offers resources, educational material and training to those interested in hospice care.