NEXT MEETING OF CHETNA (SUPPORT GROUP FOR KIDNEY PATIENTS) IS SCHEDULED ON
 
  Peer Support Groups within PPCS, Thrissur - 1
  CHETNA - A SUPPORT GROUP FOR KIDNEY PATIENTS

 
 

It is very important for those serving in the field of palliative care to understand the mental, emotional and social problems faced by the patients, their family members and other care givers. The problems faced by kidney patients being unique to their health condition and also due to legal issues involved, it was decided that a support group be dedicated for the mitigation of problems faced by kidney patients and their family members under the auspices of PPCS. This support group, which started its service in a defined manner in November 2015, was named Chetna.

Dr. E. Divakaran discussing with Nephrologists on alleviating the sufferings of chronic kidney patients Dr. M. R. Rajagopal
addressing Chetna meeting
 
The main activities of Chetna include,

The group shall
Inform - Interact - Involve - Promote - Home care.

(a) Inform - Provide information relating to treatment, transplantation, patient care at home, welfare schemes announced by government etc.

(b) Interact- Facilitate interactions with persons who had similar experiences and with capacity to inform and inspire the kidney patients. 
(c) Involve- Make efforts to involve them in activities which would make them confident. Thus, Chetna makes efforts to attract them to activities like Yoga, playing the game of Chess, Drawing and Painting, Computer training, Fabric painting etc.
 
(d) Promote Peer Support - Interaction among the patients is promoted as it is found that such interactions make them feel at home and conveys the message that they are not alone in this world. 
(e) Homecare - A team of Chetna volunteers visits the homes of patients regularly to assess the situations and provide them with support. 
PPCS believes that encouraging the kidney patients to involve themselves in creative activities would make them feel self-confident and reduce dependence on others. This would, to a great extent, help alleviate the signs of depression that many patients suffer from. Chetna organises its activities with this realisation.
 

Pain and Palliative Care Society
Old District Hospital Building
Round East

Thrissur 680 001
Phone: +91 487 232 2128


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General Office: +91 487 232 2128
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President, Instt. Of Paliative Care: 9447308707
Editor, Reaching Out: 9446423512
E-mail: ppcs.thrissur@gmail.com