We provide free advice and information to those who care for a dying person in their home or to those who want to prepare for such care. We are here for people who cope with the loss of a loved one and need to talk. We also provide support and counselling to parents who receive an unfavourable diagnosis in relation to their unborn baby.
The care focuses on alleviating pain and other serious symptoms associated with terminal illness, supporting those who are terminally ill and their families in the final days and weeks of life so that they can live in dignity, spend time with their loved ones and say goodbye to them at home. Our doctors, nurses and support team provide specialized healthcare and psychosocial services. Our support team consists of psychologists, social workers, a cleric and psychotherapists. We provide respite care and services using our network of volunteers. We offer a variety of medical aids and equipment, and our medial team is available 24/7.
We provide hospice care at homes of adult patients in the Capital City of Prague and in the greater Prague area, and to paediatric patients also in the Central Bohemian Region (Středočeský kraj).
Basic conditions for admission to care:
- the terminally ill person is in the final stage of an illness with weeks or months left to live;
- residence in the city of Prague (no requirements regarding permanent residence or Czech citizenship);
- at least someone close to the patient is able to perform all-day care.
Palliative Outpatient Clinic
In the form of a one-time visit, our palliative care professionals consult and help treat both the physical and other symptoms of patients with advanced cancer and non-cancerous diseases who are not yet in need of non-stop hospice care. We also help formulate a plan of care.
Patients can be examined by a doctor on Cesta domů’s premises or our doctor can examine the patient at home. You can request an outpatient visit at the Counselling Centre.
Respite services support long-term seriously ill and terminally ill people who are unable to manage everyday activities by themselves due to their sickness. Our trained assistants visit clients at their homes, help them with self-care (dressing, personal hygiene, preparing meals and feeding…) and keep them in contact with the outside world (keeping them active, accompanying them out of their homes, going for walks with them). The respite services enable them to stay in their home environment while their close relatives have time to rest or run errands of their own. We provide respite services to patients at their homes on weekdays in the Capital City of Prague region.
We also provide residential respite services where seriously and terminally ill clients who are permanently confined to bed receive 24-hour care for the duration of 2–3 weeks, so that their caregivers can regain their strength to continue caring for their loved ones at home upon their return. We provide residential respite services in four single rooms at our main office premises at Heleny Kočvarové 1, Prague 4. Our trained assistants look after our clients throughout the day so that each day corresponds as much as possible to the clients’ day-to-day lives. Permanent residence in the area of the Capital City of Prague is not a condition for the provision of residential respite services.
Our support team consists of psychologists, social workers, a cleric and psychotherapists.
To patients in our hospice care and their families and caregivers we offer:
help and assistance in social issues;
a supportive interview;
one-time or regular meetings at home or on Cesta domů’s premises;
either one-time or regular psychotherapeutic support during treatment or in the course of the grieving period;
and support in spiritual and existential questions.
Rental of Medical Aids and Equipment
We provide basic and specialized medical aids and equipment that make it easier to care for the seriously ill and the dying at home. Our equipment can also help improve the quality of life of senior clients, disabled people and those who have suffered an injury. We offer advice on choosing suitable medical aids, as well as explaining and teaching clients how to use the chosen equipment. Both short- and long-term rental is available our hospice and respite patients and to the general public. We rent adjustable beds and anti-bedsore mattresses, oxygen concentrators (we require confirmation from a doctor), electric patient lifts, wheelchairs and walkers, hygiene aids (toilet chairs, bath seats and shower seats) and aids for positioning a lying patient. We recommend that you arrange the rental by phone in advance.
Our other services
We strive to change how society perceives the finiteness of human existence. We share our experience and knowledge the Publishing House, Library, Education Centre, and through two Charity Shops.
We present lectures and take part in educational programmes for the professional and lay public in palliative care. We offer professional traineeships for doctors, nurses, social workers, etc. We manage the information portal Umírání.cz for patients and caregivers and participate in TV and radio debates. We run our own awareness campaigns on end-of-life related issues – have a look at Thinkaboutdeath.org.
The only public library in Prague that focuses on end-of-life literature, care for the dying, palliative medicine and bereavement. It helps professionals and students training to become caregivers but also people who have a personal experience with dying or who think about the meaning of the end of life.
We publish literature on death, dying, care for the ill and bereavement. The publishing house focuses on both children and adults, professionals and general public. All our publications may be purchased in our charity shops and online.
We run two charity shops in Prague with new and secondhand products (stationery, clothes, books, ceramics, gifts). Sales revenue is used for the operation of Cesta domů. The shops are located at the following addresses: Bubenská 3, Prague 7 (map) and Bělohorská 74, Prague 6 (map). They are open from Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 6 pm.
You can also shop online.
Volunteers play an important role in hospice care. At Cesta domů, we greatly appreciate their time, work and abilities. They help us in patients’ families, in charity shops and during charity events.
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