Improving the quality of life of children and young people in terminal phases

1,500 patients and their families benefit from this project

Improving the quality of life of children and young people in terminal phases Improving the quality of life of children and young people in terminal phases

The Fundación Pro Unidad de Cuidado Paliativo de Costa Rica, with the support of Fundación MAPFRE, is carrying out a project which aims to improve the quality of life of children and young people at the Palliative Care and Pain Management.

Clinic of the National Children’s Hospital.

The patients attended to manifest a deterioration of motor skills, posture and movement. Twenty-five percent of them require oxygen, some have tracheotomies, while others are connected to a respirator.

The Fundación provides these patients with a respiratory therapist who helps them with direct care, as well as with the education of their families and their health teams. In addition, the patients count upon the services of a physiotherapist to help prevent complications arising from immobility, such as muscular contractions and ulcers.

The Fundación Pro Unidad de Cuidado Paliativo started its work in 1992 to alleviate patients’ pain which, due to the nature of their disease, does not have a cure, but can however, be treated with comprehensive palliative care.