Healthcare in Romania Some of the services we provide include: Adults Our Brasov hospice has 13 in-patient beds and our Bucharest hospice has 23 in-patient rooms. Both have therapy rooms and a day centre and are the base for our home care teams. Many patients enjoy the facilities offered in the day centres. They enjoy socialising with others and this reduces the sense of isolation often experienced by cancer sufferers. Craft and other activities are provided as therapies giving patients the chance to relax. L’Oreal provides beauty care sessions in our Bucharest hospice. Counselling Patients are offered counselling, including spiritual counselling. Our spiritual co-ordinator describes how she helped a patient and her elderly parents. Social Workers Our social workers offer assistance with benefits claims and other social services issues. Lymphedema Clinic Many patients suffer from lymphedema following surgery. This is a side effect that can continue for a long time and we provide clinics that help reduce the swelling and the pain. Prostheses and Wigs We offer patients breast prostheses and wigs. These are not provided by state hospitals and make a huge difference to the self esteem of cancer sufferers. Many of these are donated by supporters in the UK. For more details see our medical supplies page. Frozen meals project A group of volunteers from the ex-pat community in Bucharest have set up a frozen meals project to support our work. The volunteers prepare meals such as lasagne, casseroles, cottage pies, lentil bolognese and chilli con carne. The meals are then collected and delivered to the Hospice and stored in a large freezer there. They are distributed to out-patients and to families of patients. They are to help give both nutritional and emotional support. Children and Young People Our hospice in Brasov has 6 paediatric beds in its Bagpuss Ward and our hospice in Bucharest has 8 paediatric beds. In Bucharest child patients can have a parent or carer with them at all times as the unit includes a “companion bed” for every patient. In both centres we have therapy rooms, consultation rooms and sensory rooms. Copaceni – a respite and therapy centre for children As well as paediatric wards in the two hospices, Hospice Casa Sperantei has a centre dedicated to helping children living with a rare or life limiting condition such as muscular dystrophy or cystic fibrosis. The centre will also provide support to the children’s families. The centre is unique in Romania. It was opened in September 2018. Services at Copaceni Once fully operational the centre will provide: A 12- bed respite unit Temporary emergency accommodation for families facing homelessness – a common situation for families with children living with rare or life limiting illness An educational centre A therapy centre which will provide therapies including family therapy, psychological and therapy through technology A day care centre with occupational therapy A sensory room Accommodation for our summer trips Respite care will be offered to some 200 children a year. Two thousand outpatient and therapy sessions will be provided annually and approximately 300 children will enjoy a week’s relaxation and fun at Hospices of Hope’s summer camps. Background to the centre Copaceni was the Florescu family’s summer estate. It was confiscated by the communist regime. When it was returned to the family they donated it to Hospice Casa Sperantei so that “young Romanians who courageously live with illness would have a better life”. Sponsors and supporters of the charity donated 1.7 million euros to allow building work to take place. The buildings at the site were in a poor state of repair when the property was donated and have undergone a detailed renovation process. See the refurbishment work One of our supporters Rick Woodward recently visited Copaceni and took some amazing photographs for us. Who will benefit from Copaceni? There are more than 5,000 children in the Bucharest area alone who would benefit from the Centre. 8,000 family carers and 10,000 children facing the death of a parent or sibling annually. The future HOSPICE Casa Sperantei wants Copaceni to become a centre of excellence in world paediatric palliative care as soon as possible. You can help us by supporting Copaceni We are still raising funds for medical equipment, medicines and ongoing costs at Copaceni. The annual operating cost is estimated to be 400,000 euros. If you would like to help please see our Copaceni House Warming Appeal or email us to enquire about naming rights opportunities. For information about the official opening of Copaceni click here. Home Care Visits The majority of our care is provided by our home care teams who visit and treat patients in their homes. The teams deal with pain relief and issues such as symptom control, bed sores, dressings and general monitoring. They advise the patient’s family how to care for their loved one. In 2015 the medical teams at Hospice Casa Sperantei made 17,531 home visits. There is no state funding for this service. Home visits are rarely undertaken by GPs in Romania and many of our patients are too weak or too poor to travel to see their GPs or attend hospital appointments. As well as doctors and nurses home care visits are made by social workers, volunteers and counsellors when appropriate. A member of our Brasov home care team describes a typical day’s work. The Future Therapy through Technology In Romania we are introducing new technologies to help improve the services and care we offer our patients. We have sensory rooms in both hospices which help stimulate or calm patients as appropriate. We are now introducing virtual and augmented reality techniques in both hospices and in a special tech house at Copaceni. We are working with Stamford University on this. The university has shown that virtual reality can reduce levels of pain. We are also introducing technology which will help patients speak to the medical team through mobiles or tablets which will increase accessibility to care.