Vaishnavas CARE can assist you or your loved one in the following ways:
-E-mail, Phone, or Skype communication to answer questions or concerns related to your care or the care of a terminally ill loved one is available.
–Information on end-of-life pain and symptom management, when you have questions.
–Information on possible side effects of medications.
–Assistance finding a hospice agency near you. We will help walk you through the process of signing onto a hospice program.
–Ongoing Emotional and Spiritual Support for the patient, family members and caregivers.
-We can assist you with arrangements to be made for admission into the Bhaktivedanta Hospice in Vrindavana, India, if someone wishes to pass away in the Holy Dhama of Vrindavan, India. If you would like to contact Dr. Avnish Pandey (Anantasimha Das,) directly, please call him in Vrindavana at the following number:
OR in the U.S. you may also contact: Sangita Devi Dasi, RN, CHPN at: firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance with contacting Dr. Pandey at the Bhaktivedanta Hospice in Vrindavana, India
Dr. Viswarup Das
( Dr V.G. Shanbhag)
Bhaktivedanta Hospice, Vrindavan
–-Our Vaishnavas CARE one or two day seminars will train your congregational volunteers to assist when there is a sick (acutely, chronically or terminally ill) devotee in your community. These will be with tasks that do not require them to be medical professionals. Laypersons are encouraged to prepare a meal, deliver prasadam, bring garlands from the temple Deities, walk with the patient, if able, or push them in a wheelchair, read Srila Prabhupada’s books to the patient, chant Hare Krishna with them, perhaps assist with laundry or light housekeeping when needed, run an errand, and many other easy tasks to make the patient more comfortable and the family less exhausted. It is near to impossible for one person to be the only one providing total care, so volunteers from the local Vaishnavas Care Teams try to give as much assistance to the family caregiver as possible.
—For more information on starting a V-Care Team in your community, please read the article on this site called, “Step-by-Step: How to Start a V-Care Team in Your Community,” or contact Sangita Devi Dasi at the information above.
–The book, The Final Journey–Complete Hospice Care for the Departing Vaishnava (Torchlight Publishing) written by Sangita Devi Dasi (Susan Pattinson, RN, CHPN) is available at this site (Store Page) and has been a resource for caregivers around the world for almost 15 years. Now in its second, updated edition, you can read in detail all of the information you will need to care for your loved one or friend. This easy-to-use guide will walk you through your caregiving journey with confidence!
—In addition, our Vaishnavas CARE Distance Learning Course available on this website has been taken by dozens of those who wished to learn the art of caring for a loved one, if and when the opportunity became available. Please go to the HOME page and click on the article concerning the “Distance Learning Course” to find out more information.
If any of your needs have not been listed above, kindly contact me us and let us know how we can be of assistance. Thank you!
Yours in service to Srila Prabhupada,
Sangita Devi Dasi