History and Background
Pretoria Sungardens Hospice was founded by Shelagh Lahoud and subsequently established in 1985, and Mamelodi Hospice in 1993. These hospices were established out of a need that existed in the community to take care of terminally ill patients. This particular Hospice and the one sattelite Hospice serve the greater Tshwane Metropolitan area. The main administrative and in-patient unit is situated in Pretoria (corner of Gen. Louis Botha and Lynnwood Road).
We offer a programme of specialised home-based care to patients and their families who must cope with terminal illness such as Cancer, HIV/AIDS, final stages of emphysema and Motor Neuron Disease. Although we have a 7-bed in-patient unit on our premises, which provides short-term medical care, including pain and symptom control, the main thrust of our work is for our professionally trained nurses to visit the patients and their families in their own homes to provide physical care, practical help and emotional support (currently 400 patients).
The Hospice team is also involved in day-care programmes, bereavement counselling and training.
The aim of Sungardens Hospice is to provide and promote a programme of comprehensive palliative care dedicated exclusively to patients and their families facing progressive and life threatening illness. This is a professional programme of care responding to physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs in partnership with other organisations.
Sungardens Hospice seeks to provide and promote quality Palliative Care for all people living with a life threatening illness within the Pretoria area.
Respect for people is paramount in the care of our patients and families.
Coming to terms with a life threatening illness is as important as coming to terms with life and may provide profound insights into the purpose of living.
Each person is to be valued and should be treated with dignity, compassion and respect according to the ethical principles of autonomy, beneficence and non-maleficence in this regard.
The terminally ill should have the right to retain control and share fully in the decisions concerning what is appropriate for them.
They have the right to their religious views, their cultural beliefs and their personal philosophies.
Sungardens Hospice care involves a holistic approach but is flexible enough to focus on individual need if this seems appropriate to patients and their families.
Sungardens Hospice is a medically directed nurse coordinated programme of care which draws on the resources of both professional and trained caregivers supported by a large group of volunteers. All participants involved in care abide by the principles of confidentiality, truth telling and trustworthiness.