This includes integrating healthcare components required for older population and developing multi-level interdisciplinary professionals to provide quality care and support to them. In addition to geriatric care, palliative care also is a need of the time. It has been estimated that in India, the total number of people who need palliative care is likely to be 5.4 million people a year. Palliative care is explicitly recognized under the human right to health. The goal of palliative care is to improve quality of life. It is required for a wide range of diseases like cardiovascular diseases, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases, AIDS, diabetes and so on. Palliative care treats a wide range of issues that can include pain, depression, anxiety, fatigue, shortness of breath, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite and difficulty sleeping.
The need for such professionals has been expressed not only by the health care sector employers, but also by the patients. This course will enable students to deliver quality care in all three areas i.e., patient care, geriatric care and palliative care. Students may get job opportunities as nursing assistants in private hospitals, in the home care setting as well as in various developed countries where the life span has increased.
The course thus, aims to fill the gap between the demand for these professionals and dearth of their availability. That apart, the course creates the grounds for enhancing vertical growth opportunities for the Patient Care Management graduate.
The complexity of skill development increases with each level, in correspondence with the standards set by the National Skill Qualification Framework. Thus, each activity would be having an increasing number of tasks every progressive year.