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CARE PLUS is a registered charitable Non-Governmental Organization working in association with the Palliative Care Dept. of Regional Cancer Centre, Trivandrum. The main service activity of CARE PLUS centres around HOME CARE SERVICE by our Medical Team consisting of a Doctor, Nurses and volunteers, who visit the underprivileged and economically challenged palliative patients registered at the RCC, at their homes, as they are unable to attend the OP at RCC. The team provides them medical care, counselling and moral support. We place on record our deep sense of reverence and gratitude to Mr. K. P. Thomas for the path outlined by him to serve the under privileged sections reaching the RCC for treatment and succour. Taking care of the education of the children of these patients is another key area that assistance is provided by Care Plus.

It is with immense pleasure that I present to our members the 11th annual report of CARE PLUUS which gives me a great sense of satisfaction. The year 2013-2014 was indeed very rewarding as far as the service we could extend to the poor cancer patients and their family members were concerned.

Home Care Service

The major concern of CARE PLUS is to fulfill our objective to provide the best medical care for the terminally ill cancer patients at their home. Dressing of infected wounds, ascitic fluid tapping. I.V fluid for dehydrated patients, catheterization, Ryle's tube insertion, enema etc, are the common medical care services provided by the medical team to patients whose distress vary. The medical team hands over the medicines to alleviate pain and make them comfortable. AN instruction chart is also given and the care giver at home is advised how to take care of the sick patient. The team attends to the patient, spending ample time ensuring that no discomfot is caused to the patient.

On an average, each patient is visited by our team within a gap of 14 days till their passing away. In case of emergency we make extra visits as and when required. Vidyal Trust, UK, under the leadership of Rev. Patricia Atkinson joined hands with CARE PLUS, from the very beginning. They have donated two vans for the Home Care service. Their help to our cause has gone beyond providing the vans to meet the remuneration for the drivers and the fuel expenses incurred for the home visits by the Doctors and Nurses of Care Plus. We wish to convery here our ddp sense of gratitude and sincere thanks to th e Vidyal Trust for their support which has been a pioneering association for our cause to provide palliative care for the less privileged at their homes.

The wide range of services provided by CARE PLUS brings out our long term plans for caring for the poorest of the poor in their hour of need to provide Palliative care and realize our vision and motto "CARE BEYOUND CURE"- to reach out to the patients and their families, to enable and empower them to reconcile and face life's chanllenges.

Home Care Planning

PAIN & PALLIATIVE CARE OP of RCC hands over patients to CARE PLUS, for extending to them our Home Care services. The patients get registered with CARE PLUS and the route to their home is noted as well as their phone number. The patient list is computerized and the number of visits and the dates are updated. CARE PLUS team visits three to four patients a day. Home care is done on 6 days a week. During this financial year CARE PLUS attendend to 270 new patients at their homes. The total number of home visits carried out during the year was 1104. 119 patients registered with Care Plus passed away during this year.

Peripheral Clinics

CARE PLUS conducts four peripheral clinics - at Attingal, Nedumangadu, Neyyattinkara and Kattakkada. During the year Palliative care was provided at these four Clinics to 1737 patients.The Attingal clinic is organized on alternate Fridays at C.S.I Mission Hospital. Total clinic attendance at the year spanned 545 patients.

The clinic at Nedumangadu is organized on all Thursdays. Nedumangadu Nagarasabha started this clinic in July 2003. Total attendance at the Nedumangadu clinic covered 879 patients. Nedumangadu Nagarabha also cam forward to procure the medicines for the clinic organized here, worth Rs Two lakhs/- annually, through CAREPLUS.

The clinic CARE PLUS organizes at Neyyattinkara is attached to the Taluk Hospital. This OP is conducted on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month by CARE PLUS team. Total attendance at the Neyyattinkara clinic for cancer check up and palliative care was 122. The Taluk hospital here have conveyed their appreciation for the medical care provided by CARE PLUS at the Centre and used to admit very sick patients at the hospital for further care.

CARE PLUS also set up a Palliative clinic at the Vayojana Mandiram at Charupara, Kattakada. This clinic has been in operation from October 2005 onwards. The CARE PLUS team conducts the Clinic here on fourth Wednesdays. The Clinic here provided medical care for 191 patients during the year.

Other Services Done by CARE PLUS

Adjuvant Therapy

This is an ongoing project from March 2005 onwards and has 100% positive results.The poor patients chosen by the Clinic of RCC are provided assistance for the treatment. CARE PLUS has supported only 1 patient (Mr Unnikrishnan Rs. 10,000/-) during this fiscal year. The reduction in the number of beneficiaries is due to Kerala Govt's CHISS and Karunya Benevolent Fund also providing assistance.

Surgery Support

CARE PLUS is happy to announce that 2 wellwishers Mr. Biju Thomas and Mr. M.G. Oommen were instrumental in supportin 30 surgeries of oral and breast cancer patients from April 2013 - March 2014. Surgeons at RCC identify poor patients who find it difficult to pay the advance of Rs. 5000/- and send them to CARE PLUS has also been supporting the patients with antibiotics and medicines they are required to take during the post operative period.

Family Rehabilitation

During the current year CARE PLUS supported a few patients as part of our family rehabilitation programme. Mrs. Rema Murali was given her house rend of Rs. 1,000/- per month. Roofing was done for Surendran & Rajan. VIVO a Voluntary Organization donated Rs. 1000/- each for 1 year through Care Plus to Karthikeyan who was our patient. Sreelatha one of our students was given financial help for her marriage.

Festival Celebration at the homes of palliative patients

CARE PLUS takes special interest to celebrate Onam and Christmas with Home Care patients.With a sick patient at home and no source of income, it is difficult for th poor family members to celebrate a special occasion. At times it could probably be the last festive season they are spending with their family. CARE PLUS gave food kits worth Rs. 1,000/- to 105 Home Care patients along with towels donated by Inner Wheel Club Trivandrum. Consumer Fed dontated 50 Payasam Kits. Mrs. Thulasi THomas also donated "Onakodi" for the patients. Our special thanks to Mr & Mrs K. V. Varghese who came forward to help us in this noble venture.

CARE PLUS also distributed "X'mas" kits worth Rs.1,000/- to 60 Home Care patients. We thank St. Ignatius Knanaya Church Trivandrum & Mrs. Thulasi Thomas who donated for this occasion Tea & Lunch were provided to our patients at Nedumangadu clinic by Lions Club of Trivandrum Royal. on 31/01/2014.

Geriatric Support

A monthly pension of Rs 750/- is given to 18 elderly mothers of Trivandrum District who lost their children due to cancer. Mr. M. G. Oommen and Vidyal Trust are the main sponsors for this noble cause. Our heartfelt thanks to Mr. M. G. Oommen and Vidyal Trust.

Financial Aid

Seeing the distress faced by the patients who come to Care Plus and those in their homes, Mrs, Thulasi Thomas came forward to help them by giving financial support to deserving patients. 361 patients at RCC have benefited from this financial aid provided by her.

Help extended by friends from Japan

It is with great regret we report here that Grip Kerala has stopped their services in India. However they were gracious to extend their help towards supporting 10 students for 10 years by donation Rs. 5,76,672/-. Our heart felt thanks to all Grip Kerala members for the help rendered by them to Care Plus.

Educational Support

Since inception, CARE PLUS has been supporting the education of the children of BPL cancer patients. Our system is to find sponsors who can afford to spend annually Rs. 3,000/- for a school going child and Rs. 6,000/- for a Plus Two student and Rs. 12,000/- for a student doing professional course. This money entrusted to CARE PLUS is transferred to the accounts of the student beneficiary every month. CARE PLUS monitors their progress in terminal exams. CARE PLUS support children right from UKG to professional and technical courses.

Snehasparsham 2013 was conducted on April 21st 2013. 192 children attended the get together along with their parents/guardians. Chief Guest Dr.KRS Krishnan Director (Tehchnical and Operations) HLL Life Care Ltd. appreciated the services provided by CAREPLUS. Every one enjoyed the magic show conducted by Mr. PV Joseph and team. Our sincere thanks to them and to Mrs. Thulasi Thomas who organized the magic show.

CARE PLUS sincerely thank all the DONORS and SPONSORS who have liberally donated and extended a helping hand to the economically challenged patients.One of our students Priya K T secured a merit seat for Engineering at LBS Poojapura. She is sponsored by ACIS Technopark who donated Rs. 1,23,275/- which helped her to pay the initial expensies required for admission.Many of our students did extremely well in their board exams. Lekshmi Priya scored 9 A+ for Plus Two & Monisha Murugan scored 450 / 500 for Std 10.