Visiting Patients Confined To Home!
Home care nursing project:
run by Dr Judit Finna, started in 1991 by JOY supporting this family doctor who was struggling to care for needy patients, without the means to do so. There was no medical provision for those over 60 or chronically ill, and there is still little or no care or alleviation; many receive a derisory pension or non at all and cannot even afford paracetamol never mind the other essential medicines, dressings or food!
How it works:
In 1992, JOY volunteer and Macmillan nurse, Nick Gomersall started a series of lectures to the small Christian nursing school. From these small beginnings and with our funding and supplies, Judit has developed a committed team of wonderful nurses, some of whom we pay salaries, others are cheerful volunteers.
They provide loving care: for 2-300 elderly & chronically ill patients confined to their home: giving bed baths, dressing ulcers, making sure there is food in the house, and helping with rehabilitation where possible. Without them there is little or no care or alleviation and many would die at home alone without any treatment: the home care nurse may be the only person they see.
(Photo) Nurse Janos taking old Sando's blood presure
Dr Judit visiting an elderly patient:
Here Dr Judit is visiting an elderly patient with two nurses. The work is considerable, the time sacrifice immense, the effort sapping, but it is all worth while when they see the smiles on the faces of those they visit.
They look forward eagerly to receiving a food parcel when we send out our boxes full of food in the Autumn and Winter. The necessary food is vital, but the fact that someone cares enough to make and send a parcel is a highlight in their difficult lives.
(Photo) Dr Judit visiting an elderly patient
Three of the nurses dress as clowns and visit sick children at the cancer hospital, bringing smiles to sad little ones - many of whom don't get visitors as it may be too far for family, or they haven't got anybody.
(Photo) Clown nurse Gizzi with a little cancer patient
JOY bought a flat and paid for it's conversion into a purpose designed clinic where Dr Judit and the nurses treat mobile patients. It is bright and welcoming, the authorities are impressed with the high standards and the patients receive loving care. Those who are able attend for dressings, medication and advice. What a change from the old mud brick house where it all began: another joyful miracle which the patients really appreciate. In fact Medicare was 4th in a competition for Practice of the Year in the whole of the Carpathian region (Romania, Ukraine, Slovenia & Croatia) - they got the most recommendations from patients; which indicates the high level of love and care they provide.
(Photo) Dr Judit with some of her nurses outside the new clinic and trustee Sue in blue
(Photo) Nures Imo checking Marishka's blood sugar