Palliative Counseling a Service from RFM

  • Spiritual Care in Everyday Life and at Work Life
  • Palliative Counseling in Interdisciplinary Environments Focused on Spiritual Care
  • SOUL INJURY® - Seminars Europe/USA
  • TIC Trauma Informed Care
  • Hospice Care - Loss and Grief Counseling
    - Dignity Therapy
    - Single and Group Meetings (for Children and Adults)
  • Offering SI-Caregivers Ceremonies in Hospices and Hospitals
  • Offering SI-Fallen Comrade Ceremonies

Spiritual Care in Everyday Life and Work Life

In very difficult life situations, too, there are opportunities to gain confidence, strength and hope. Spiritual Care offers to accompany people in hardships for example trauma and search for meaning as well as crisis-coping according to their existential, spiritual and religious demands. Spiritual Care service is neutral in denomination, meaning regardless of your belief or origin. Spiritual Care service providers usually have a broad professional network that can be convened at any time as needed (i.e. emergency services, police, pastoral care of various churches, hospitals, therapists, etc.). Spiritual Care service needs a specialized certified training, which is incrisingly also being attended by doctors, social workers and nursing professionals, etc.

The way we offer our services was also inspired from...
"Spirituality can be an important element in the way patients face chronic illness, suffering, and loss. Physicians need to address and be attentive to all suffering of their patients—physical, emotional, and spiritual. Doing so is part of delivery of compassionate care. I think we can be better physicians and true partners in our patients' living and in their dying if we can be compassionate: if we truly listen to their hopes, their fears, and their beliefs and incorporate these beliefs into their therapeutic plans."
Christina M. Puchalski MD, MS (Source: The role of spirituality in health care 2001) 

 

Palliative Care

WHO Definition: Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual. Palliative care increases patient and family satisfaction, it improves quality and it has been shown to help to extend survival. The resulting cost savings are an unintended but welcome consequence of providing high quality care. This approach results in higher quality, well-planned treatment that anticipates future care needs and helps to avoid unwanted and expensive crisis care. In Switzerland, we have more and more specialised Palliative Care teams, which take care for patients also at their home (i.e. Spitex).
(source: www.palliative.ch; www.palliativ-zug; www.capc.org)

TIC Trauma Informed Care

Defining the term: TIC TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE: A framework of thinking and interventions that are directed by a thorough understanding of the profound neurological, biological, psychological, and social effects trauma has on an individual—recognizing that person’s constant interdependent needs for safety, connections, and ways to manage emotions/impulses.

(Trauma-Informed Care Resources Guide - CP)

Hospice Care

The term of Hospice is understood as a comprehensive concept for progressive ill patients to be cared for in a home like environment or in their own homes. The goal is to relieve the suffering and to allow to die in a familiar surrounding. Also, the relatives shall be supported in their farewell and loss. In Switzerland, there are - compared to other countries i.e. USA - only a few Hospice facilities.

"There is a strong interest and emphasis on acute care and healing curative treatment. We have fantastic access to the most expensive and best technological possibilities for prolonging life in Switzerland. Also, there has not been so much focus on the whole chronic care approach and living with an illness. This is possibly because we have a fragmented health care system: with hospitals as economic entities, long term care through nursing homes mostly paid out of pocket and home care. Switzerland has very few hospices. The expectation is that health problems can be managed and cured by fantastic hospital care and there is no sole responsibility for the whole range of health network institutions, like in a national health service."
Prof. Dr. med. Steffen Eychmüller ( Source: SWI - Swiss Info Jul 11, 2016)

Definition Hospice Care (USA):
Hospice Care programs in the USA generally are in freestanding facilities or are home-based. The professional interdisziplinary hospice-team, sometimes provides its services away from home - i.e. at the patients nursing home, or within the patients hospital (i.e. Comfort Care Hospice).
(Source: MedicinNet/Comfort Care Hospice)