5 Admission


Admission

Who Can be Admitted?

The Pure Land Centre will be a multi-faith facility, so admission will be open to all, providing they satisfy the other key admission criteria below.

To be admitted as a patient/client in the Pure land Centre, the client must:

  • Request spiritual care in addition to health care
  • Be cared for in their own home at the time of referral to the centre
  • Be suffering a terminal disease or condition. This can include natural ageing
  • Not be suffering a transmittable disease

As well as the points listed above, to be admitted to the centre:

  • The client must be under the care of a registered medical practitioner, the doctor
  • The doctor must approve the client’s referral to the centre
  • Planning for the client’s care is carried out in consultation with the doctor
  • The client is required to sign the form: “Agreement to Services Provided by the Pure Land Centre”
How Much Will it Cost?

Our desire is to keep the cost to the patient to an absolute minimum. However, we will still need to charge a fee to supplement donations and the efforts of volunteers.

We expect the cost to users to be between $100 and $400 per day.

The Pure Land Centre will not be eligible for government funding, initially at least. Therefore, financing the operation is more difficult than for many charitable organizations. Reliance on volunteers is consequently a key part of the strategy of keeping costs manageable, as is the search for philanthropic donors who donate large amounts.

Why Should I Choose the Pure Land Centre?
Advantages of the Pure Land Centre

Benefits to the dying person and their family and/or carers include:

  • The peace and security that comes from simple affection and love
  • The lack of tiring, disturbing and unnecessary medical intervention
  • The peace of mind and heart of joy that comes from focussing on the spiritual and emotional aspects
  • The best conditions to generate a positive and virtuous state of mind at death
  • The possibility of giving carers at least a short break, some respite, can bring great relief
  • A peaceful death and a happy next life are priceless benefits.
Other Options for Palliative Care

Our competitors for palliative care are: dying at home, hospices, nursing homes, and hospitals. Their strengths and weaknesses are compared in the table below.

Comparing the Strengths and Weaknesses of Different Palliative Care Facilities

Options for Palliative Care

Strengths

Weaknesses

DYING AT HOME

Patient familiar with and attached to his/her home. Patient does not have to be moved to strange place. Generally, it will be cheaper to stay at home.

The logistics of providing continuous physical, emotional and spiritual care at home are often complicated and onerous. This is so even where the person’s medical needs are met with frequent visits from nurses from organizations such as Silver Chain (Perth) and Karuna (Brisbane).

For example, it may be too noisy and tense; carers may need a break, so relief is needed; there may not be room for relatives to stay; it may be awkward to provide the person with their preferred spiritual support; family may not want a death in their home; a hospital bed may need to brought in but the bedroom may not be large enough; keeping up a supply of clean linen may be difficult

HOSPICE

Can provide holistic care, relatively few interruptions; good pain control, relatively peaceful

Only two stand-alone hospices in Perth; main focus still on medical side; there are still interruptions

HOSPITAL

Good to very good medical care

Little emotional or spiritual care, noisy, interruptions, overworked staff

NURSING HOME

Helpful when carers can no longer cope at home, wandering patients can be contained; variable care, some depressing some excellent

Noisy with many interruptions, variable nursing care, little emotional or spiritual care