Training courses - Knysna Hospice

Training : Courses

We offer the following courses and information sessions: For more information: please contact Marline Louw

Caregivers Course

Aim: This equips you with knowledge to understand the emotional effects a person with a life limiting or life threatening illness experience and how you can support them.
Date:   19 Feb 2018
Cost:   R1000 (bursaries available)
Duration: 8 weeks (1 morning a week)
Who will benefit/ Requirements: Person who wants to be a KSH caregiver volunteer
Application forms to be submitted.

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Physical Assessment

Aim: Nursing assessment is the gathering of information about a patient’s physiological; psychological; sociological and spiritual status where the problems might be actual or precursor to illness. The course aims to identify the patient's nursing requirements for the purpose of patient care planning. 
Cost: To be confirmed
 3 full days, starting date to be confirmed
Requirements: Professional nursing qualification or register nurse qualification

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Introduction to Palliative Care Course

The World Health Organisation defines Palliative Care as follows: "Palliative Care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing problems associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering, the early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual. Palliative care includes all aspects of care, medical and non-medical and as such is described as total care." 

The aim of this course is to teach learners that Palliative Care:

  • Provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms
  • Affirms life and death as a normal process
  • Intends neither to hasten or postpone death
  • Integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care
  • Offers a support system to help patients live as actively as possible until death
  • Offers a support system to help the family cope during the patient’s illness and in their bereavement
  • Uses a team approach to address the needs of patients and their families, including bereavement counselling, if indicate
  • Will enhance quality of life, and will positively influence the course of illness
  • Is applicable early in the course of illness, in conjunction with other therapies that are implemented to prolong life, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy, and includes those investigations needed to better understand and manage distressing clinical complications

Bereavement Training Course

Aim: Our society does not prepare us for the violence of emotions which can be experienced after the death of a loved person. Sometimes grieving people think they are going “mad” as they struggle with conflicting feelings. Support of a caring person can be of great value in the weeks, months following the death. This person walks alongside and can offer both counselling and practical assistance. The course provides knowledge of relevant bereavement theory, the developing of counselling skills and the practice of these skills. 
Date:   20 Feb 2018
Cost: R1000 per person
Duration: 1 August 2017 and runs for 8 weeks, one day per week

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PCOP – Palliative Care for Older Persons training

Aim of course: Focusing on how palliative care will improve the care of older people
Aimed at: Healthcare professionals, Carers and managers of care facilities
Dates: Dates for 2018 to be announced
Cost: R1000 per person

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