What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care aims to improve the quality of life of those with a life-threatening, incurable disease. This is done by two-fold patient-centred approach:

  • Pain and symptom control using modern evidence based approach such as morphine.
  • Supportive care which is an holistic method of caring for the patient and their family by addressing their physical, socio-economic and spiritual needs.

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Who do we serve?

Hospice comes to you.
Our services are not restricted by race or social class or gender. Our patients will be found in suburbs and townships, from Sedgefield through to Harkerville. They have only two things in common: they live in our area and they need our services.

Who is eligible for Care?

Anyone with a life – limiting illness, including but not limited to:

  • Cancer
  • Progressive neurological disorders
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • End-stage cardiac, renal, respiratory, hepatic disorders
  • Motor Neuron Disease (MDR)
  • Children with chronic disorders

How do we work?

Our services are offered for free of charged but we do welcome donations to cover the cost of our services.
For those who are diagnosed with any life limiting illness, we offer a planning and consulting service. This provides practical experience and knowledge that help the individual manage their situation.
For patients with minor children, we will work with the patient, family and where appropriate social services, to ensure that an acceptable plan for the care of the children is in place.

How do I get referred?

Access to Hospice services as per the criteria in our mission statement can be done as follows:

  • Referral by a private medical practitioner
  • Referral by a clinic or provincial hospital
  • Family or self referral with a complete medical history
  • Palliative care patients will be contacted within 24 hours of referral. Chronic care patients will be contacted within a week of referral. In instances where the patient does not meet our referral criteria, we will suggest and facilitate alternative service providers.