Any family member/friend can refer a patient to the home based care programme (with the patient’s consent). Hospice will obtain a referral letter from the attending doctor and a home based care nurse will then visit the patient at home.
Home care nursing (Domiciliary Care)
After this initial course, specialised training is provided to the members of the hospice team in specific areas of care. We offer training in practical nursing care, pain management and emotional support for patients and their families. A special course is run to train those who support families facing the grief over the loss of a loved one.
Free HIV counselling and testing service (HTS)
A free HIV counseling and testing service (HCT) was launched on 7 November 2014. The project is launched through the support of Provincial Department of Health. Sungardens Hospice is aiming at reaching the following targets:
• 5000 people reached per month.
• 50 000 condoms distributed per month.
• 1000 people referred to health facilities.
• 500 people tested for HIV.
A minimum of 100 people having accessed Health facilities for HAST (HIV/AIDS, STI and TB services). The service is available at Sungardens Hospice on Mondays & Fridays between 08:00 – 09:00 & 15:00 – 16:00. Please contact our office on 012 3481934 (Juanita Kruger- Project manager) for more information on accessing our mobile unit. Sungardens Hospice also offers continued support to people infected and affected by HIV through professional counseling services and support groups.
Hospice specializes in palliative care of patients with cancer, HIV and TB as well as any end stage organ failure/ life threatening disease. We require a referral letter from the attending doctor, (regarding the diagnosis and staging of the disease). After receiving the referral we discuss the case with our medical doctor and the disciplinary panel to decide on whether the patients fit our admission criteria.
Our home base care sister will then assess the patient either in hospital or at home (if within our geographical area). We provide home based care support to patients and their families regarding use of medication and pain and symptom control, after consultation with our Palliative care trained doctors. Due to our limited resources we cannot offer 24 hour care, however we can provide a list of the nursing services/ care workers who are able to do so.
We have an In Patient Unit with only 7 beds where patients are admitted for pain and symptom control and terminal care, therefore we admit patients for a period of 7-10 days, and not for long term care.