HOSPICE Services

are provided free of charge for all our beneficiaries. However, families grateful for the care received often want to give something back to help other people. The majority of funds needed to run these services are raised through international grants, corporate and individual sponsorships, fundraising events, Hospices of Hope, The National House of Insurance, Local Authorities and tax payers through directing 2% of their income tax to the charity.

HOSPICE Casa Sperantei has been recognised as one of five Centres of Excellence (palliative care beacons) in Central and Eastern Europe and has received international recognition for the quality of it’s services.

Services FAQ

What is HOSPICE Casa Sperantei?

HOSPICE Casa Sperantei was the first medical foundation in the country to specialise in caring for terminally ill patients and their families. It is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation and was set up as an Anglo-Romanian partnership. Our team, comprising of doctors, nurses, physiologists and chaplains care for patients at home, in day centres and in-patient units. Patients who are still mobile can benefit from our services on an out-patient basis.

What does Palliative Care mean for patients who are terminally ill?

First and foremost it is about improving the quality of life. When a cure is no longer possible the condition of the patient can be improved by controlling the symptoms associated with the illness, relieving pain and providing psycho-emotional support (the family can benefit too), social services (in order to obtain the legal rights for the family when confronted with financial difficulties) or spiritual support from chaplains in accordance with their own particular religious belief. In addition, palliative care puts the patient at the centre and no medical decision is taken without the patient’s consent or having given the necessary information to make a decision. Palliative care can be offered in parallel with treatment prescribed by the patient’s consultant.
To whom does HOSPICE Casa Sperantei address it's services?

Adults and children with advanced cancer and children with congenital malformations, muscular dystrophy and other life limiting illnesses can benefit from Palliative Care offered by our multidisciplinary teams. We have offices in Brasov and Bucharest. At the moment only our Brasov hospice has an inpatient unit with beds and a day care centre. In addition in Brasov county we establish two mobile hospice teams in Fagaras and Zarnesti. In Bucharest we also have the Dragos Team which provides a service within paediatric hospitals in the city to children and young people with cancer from all over the country.
How do patients get referred to the HOSPICE?

Patients are referred to the HOSPICE by consultants from the oncology hospital, paediatric hospital and from family doctors. In addition, patients or family members can refer themselves directly either by telephone or coming in person to one of our locations.
Can patients keep contact with their own consultant?

Our team collaborates with family doctors and consultants. Keeping the relationship with the family doctor is obligatory because they prescribe some of the compensated or free medications. Additionally the family doctor can be consulted whenever it is necessary just as before the patient was referred to HOSPICE.

Can the patient be admitted to the HOSPICE?

If the condition of the patient requires continuous medical supervision or on the recommendation of the hospice doctor they can be admitted to the in-patient unit for a period of up to 14 days. Our in-patient units for adults and children offer excellent facilities, a warm and homely atmosphere and a attentive and understanding staff. Meals served to the patients are nutritious and tasty and each patient has a possibility of choosing different menus that can be adapted to their dietary needs. Patients can be visited at any time between 8.00 and 22.00.
Who visits a patient at home and how often?

At the first visit, one of the doctors evaluates the condition of the patient and establishes the treatment program. Subsequent visits from the doctor and nurses are made in consultation with the family depending on the patient’s needs.

Are there any other hospices in the country?

Through its educational programmes at the “Princess Diana” Education Centre in Brasov and “Nicholas Edeleanu” Centre in Bucharest, more then 15.000 medical professionals from all over the region have attended palliative care courses. There are now functioning hospice organisations in various parts of Romania including Arges, Bacau, Oradea, Cluj, Constanta, Iasi, Ilfov, Sibiu and Timisoara.