We provide advice and information to those who care about the dying in their home environment and 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. Our services are free for everyone from the Czech Republic.
Community Palliative Care Unit
We offer 24/7 medical care to terminally ill and dying people in their home environment. We support their loved ones in daily care for the patient. We take care of both children and adults.
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 and Supportive Care Consulting Service
In the form of a one-time visit in the patient's own social environment, our palliative care professionals consult and help treat both physical and other symptoms of patients with advanced cancer and non-cancerous diseases. We also help formulate a plan of care.
Our respite services assistants visit the long-term and terminally ill patients in their homes, supporting them in activities related to daily care. They make it possible for them to stay in their home environment, giving their loved ones time to rest.
We provide compensatory aids that facilitate home care for the ill and dying. Our aids can also improve the quality of life for seniors, disabled people and people who have suffered an injury.
Every month, we organize a meeting of people dealing with the loss of a loved one. Sharing experiences and feelings is an opportunity to enrich and encourage each other to embark on a new life.
Our other services
The Cesta domů Library is intended for everyone interested in literature on end-of-life issues, care for the dying as well as palliative medicine. 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.
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.
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 90, Prague 6 (map). In July and August they are open from Monday to Thursday, from 12 to 6 pm.
You can also shop on-line.
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.