About Knysna Hospice : History

About Us : History

In 1986 a nurse from Sedgefield and a doctor from Knysna started working together to help those who needed care at home. The nurse was Sue Brukman and the doctor was Joan Louwrens. There was no name, no office, no funding, no mission statement, simply two people working together to care for others. This was the start of the Knysna Sedgefield Hospice – people working together to care.

Peggy Grinaker donated a house in Hunters Home in 1990 after Hospice cared for her husband, Ola. This is still the Hospice Headquarters. It came to her one night that the initials of four of her family members who have died of cancer could make up the name of the Hospice House – B.O.N.D. HOUSE:

Bella her grandmother
Ola her husband
Nell her mother
Doug her cousin

In 1990 BOND a company not for gain, registered in terms of Section 21 of the Companies Act. In the same year a Board of Directors was elected and a Day Care programme started at Bond House.

In July 2002 KSH received Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa (HPCA) accreditation and became an official Integrated Community-based Home Care (ICHC)2 site. Council of Health Services Accreditation of SA (COHSASA) granted full accreditation status in May 2006. Re-accreditation was achieved in August 2008 and November 2011.

In 2010 it was recognized that no palliative care services were delivered in Wilderness and it was decided that to extend the services from Sedgefield to Wilderness.

Knysna Sedgefield Hospice continues to enjoy the support of many committed volunteers and of the community of Knysna and Sedgefield and adapt to the changing needs of the community.

In 2011 Hospice celebrated 25 years of service to the community. The history of the first 25 years is documented in a book that can be ordered from Hospice.