What is a compassionate community?
A compassionate community is formed by a group of persons that are concerned and motivated about the quality of life of the members of the community. They could belong to the same city, town or neighbourhood.
This group of people get involved in the care and support of those living with advanced illnesses and at the latest stages of life. They are committed to implement initiatives, to increase awareness and to offer training. They work together in order to build a skilled society that is able face illness, death and bereavement as part of the life cycle.
Who benefits from this social movement?
- MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY WITH ADVANCED ILLNESSES OR AT THE END OF LIFE. As their life quality is improved by the love, care and support of community members.
- THE WHOLE COMMUNITY: friends, neighbours, volunteers, as they understand the privilege of looking after someone who is suffering, they learnt to appreciate the process of the cycle of life, they enjoy the benefits of compassion and they understand their role as part of the community. THE COMMUNITY receives benefits in its entirety.
- THE PROFESIONLS AND HEALTH / SOCIAL CENTRES, as they receive support from the citizens and they work to build an integrated and supportive community.
- THE FAMILIES. As they learn abilities to look after a loved one who is suffering from advance illness, as they learn how to deal with illness and they receive bereavement support if necessary. As they receive help from neighbours, friends or volunteers to access to respite for caregivers support.
Who is involved in a compassionate community?
- THE COMMUNITY PARTNERS that represents the city as key players: City Council, schools and universities, neighbour’s associations, companies, non-governmental organizations, brotherhoods and churches, cultural and artistic centres, professional associations, work places and trade unions.
A COMPROMISED SOCIETY THAT IS AWARE OF THE NEED OF SUPPORT.
- THE CENTRES AND FAMILIESthat look after people with advanced illness and are at the end of their life: charities, volunteer´s organizations, hospices, nursing homes, hospitals and families.
A TRAINED SOCIETY THAT HAS THE SKILLS AND ABILITIES TO LOOK AFTER MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY.
- SKILLED PROFESSIONALS who are concerned and interested in palliative care as doctors, nurses, social workers, psychologists, careers.
MOTIVATED PROFESSIONALES THAT OFFER AND RECEIVE TRAINNING ON PALLIATIVE CARE.