The Binaytara Foundation has collaborated with Cancer Care Nepal to establish a home hospice program in Nepal. Currently, over 75% of terminally ill patients in Nepal do not receive any kind of end of life care. We expect the Binaytara Home hospice program to start in the first week of December 2015. In the beginning, we expect to provide hospice care to 10 terminally ill patients in Patan, Lalitpur area. The program will be expanded to cover more patients when it is feasible.
Tricia Reynolds, a hospice and palliative care nurse from Boise, Idaho, will be traveling to Nepal to train the hospice care team there. Tricia will train the nurses in classroom and also visit patients’ homes to provide hands-on training.
I am an only child, born and raised in the northwest corner of the U.S. I’ve been married, to the same man, for over 30 years. We went to nursing school together and originally planned to live and work in health care overseas, which never quite happened, however we have never lost our interest in other cultures. I am active as a refugee advocate, and enjoy teaching basic health care and prevention. We have two teenage children of own, and continuously host teenage exchange students from other countries.
I found my passion when I discovered home hospice. I had previously worked as a nurse in a variety of settings, from ICU to long-term care facilities (aka nursing homes). I found fulfillment as a hospice nurse case manager, in helping people stay at home to die, where they are known, and respected as individuals. Empowering families to be able to give this final gift to their loved ones is incredible. In addition, I don’t have a lot of patience with the superficial, and found that dying is the great equalizer; we all have similar needs and struggles, no matter our ethnicity, religious beliefs, education, or economic situation.
Recently I went back to school to become a nurse practitioner, with the goal of being able to provide care for those who don’t have access to insurance or mainstream medical care. I love the opportunity to show value and respect to those who are not typically respected by our society; after all, we are all precious in God’s eyes. I am excited to share my passion and knowledge about home hospice with the nurses in Kathmandu, and to learn from them about their people, health care, and culture. Working together we can develop a program to help patients with cancer be comfortable and receive care in their own homes.