Charity Hospice Fund "VERA"
 Sunday, 17 November, 2019    
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At present, the VERA Hospice Charity Fund is Russia's only charity fund that supports hospices.

Established in November 2006, the Fund was named after Vera Vasilyevna Millionshchikova, the founder of The First Moscow Hospice and its Senior Physician. The Fund Director is Nyuta Federmesser, daughter of Vera Millionshchikova.

Initially, the Fund was aimed at lending all-round support to The First Moscow Hospice (State Public Healthcare Institution Hospice No. 1 of the Moscow Municipal Healthcare Department), a pilot hospice in this country. The Funds activities have significantly expanded. At present, the Fund runs 4 key programs:

- The Regional Hospice Support Program provides financial support to hospices in the Russian regions, including Lipetsk, Tula, Yaroslavl, Izhevsk, Nizhni Novgorod, Saint Petersburg, Perm, Pskov, Taganrog, Tyumen, Chelyabinsk, Kaliningrad, Rostov, Kemerovo, Novokuznetsk, etc.;

- The Childrens Support Program serves to provide social and financial support to incurable children diagnosed with oncological and other serious diseases;

- The First Moscow Hospice Support Comfort and Dignity Program is aimed at purchasing medical equipment and patient-care products to provide adequate services; maintaining the Hospice buildings, structures, and premises; implementing social safety and support projects for the Hospice personnel and volunteers; etc.;

- The Hospice Movement Program supports public activities aimed at promoting palliative aid ideas and public concern for problems experienced by incurable people, establishing interaction among domestic hospices, and organizing educational programs and conferences for hospice employees.

At present, the VERA Fund is the center of the domestic hospice movement. The Funds mission is formulated in one of the principles of The First Moscow Hospice: If you cannot cure a person, this does not mean that you cannot help that person.

Conference on Palliative Care took place in the First Moscow Hospice on November 7-11, 2011
Thirty four participants of the conference were from 11 regional hospices, 1 oncology outpatient hospital, 2 palliative care divisions of Moscow hospitals (including two children's divisions), 2 regional outpatient hospitals, and hospice No 8 of Moscow (Deputy of Chief Physician).
Anticancer: A New Way of Life Internationally Acclaimed, New York Times Best Seller: Anticancer: A New Way of Life When David Servan-Schreiber, a dedicated scientist and doctor, was diagnosed with brain cancer, his life changed. Confronting what medicine knows about the illness and the little-known workings of his body's natural cancer -fighting capacities, and marshaling his own will to live, Servan-Schreiber found himself on a fifteen-year journey from disease and relapse into scientific exploration and, finally, to health.
Talking Frankly at the End of Life
Ive spent a lot of time over the last few years thinking, writing and speaking about end-of-life care, but this issue recently became quite personal for me. My mother-in-law died two weeks ago.
A ringer in her youth for Donna Reed, with Rita Hayworth legs, my mother-in-law possessed a dazzling memory and a designers flair, and she loved to surround herself with family and friends ("where the action is," she used to say). She spent most of her 86 years following her husband across the country, teaching art in the schools where he taught. But wherever they landed, she managed always to make new friends. Lots of friends. When one of her sons passed away, she and my father-in-law received more than six hundred letters of condolence.
But by the time my mother-in-law died 14 days ago, her social circle had shrunk considerably. She had been battling rheumatoid arthritis for almost 50 years, a series of debilitating strokes for 10, and the ulcers on her legs that would not heal would, in the final year of her life, necessitate an above-the-knee amputation. Over the last few months, unable to hold a pen to write and too weak to speak into a phone, my mother-in-law saw her social life whither away. Her once expansive world was reduced to the square footage accessible by wheelchair and amenable to the trappings of all the medical equipment she needed.

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