Offering a service of comprehensive care & support

WHAT WE DO

WHY CALL US?

If you have just received the news that you have been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness, you might feel afraid, angry and uncertain. Our professional staff will support and care for you ensuring that you live each day to the fullest, free of pain and with dignity.

1. HOME CARE

Our doctors, sisters, social workers, care workers and trained volunteers are available during normal working hours and via a 24-hour emergency telephone contact service

Home care is central to our service. Trained sisters visit patients and families in their own homes as often as required. They liaise with the patient’s doctor to maintain effective pain and symptom control, teach the family basic nursing tasks, and also provide emotional support for the patient and family. This interdisciplinary service extends into the bereavement period and links into social intervention practices for orphan & vulnerable children care. Currently, on average, 400 patients per month are in our care.

In addition, Home Care offers:

  • Expertise in pain and symptom control
  • Loan of equipment
  • Teaching families basic nursing tasks
  • Nutritional advice
  • Hospice also liaises with:
  • GP’s and hospital doctors
  • State and Private Hospitals
  • Primary Health Care Clinics
  • Community Services
  • Nursing agencies

Contact us now if you require the services of our team

2. INTEGRATED COMMUNITY-BASED HOME CARE (ICHC)

This program was developed to address the increasing numbers of people living with HIV/AIDS referred for care, and has been utilised at Hospice since 1999.

The core elements are:

  • Use of well trained and professionally supervised Community Caregivers to deliver home care that includes a quality palliative care component.
  • State hospitals and primary health care clinics work in partnership with Hospice.
  • Good management of opportunistic infections at home.
  • Improved pain and symptom control in hospital.
  • Motivated, committed health care workers providing a continuum of care.
  • Linked to HIV/AIDS prevention and could include Anti-retro Viral Treatment (ART).
  • Promotes networking and strengthens other community initiatives.

3. BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT

This takes the form of counselling for those family members needing support after the passing of a loved one. Support may be one-on-one, by phone, in person or in a group setting. The St Francis Hospice bereavement team endeavors to provide a grief support service that is culturally sensitive, age-group appropriate and holistic in approach.

Contact us now if you would like to assist us with Bereavement support or make a financial contribution.

4. EDUCATION & TRAINING

The Lesley Lawson Centre of Palliative Learning is the HPCA (Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa) accredited training centre for the Eastern Cape. Various courses are provided for both professional and lay people. The Palliative Nursing Course, accredited by the Foundation for Professional Development, is offered to registered nurses. Hospice is committed to creating awareness of Palliative Care whenever the opportunity arises.

St Francis Hospice provides the following courses:

  • Palliative Care
  • Home-based Care
  • Bereavement Training
  • Ongoing in-service education for staff and also conducts workshops based on the needs of the communities.
  • Contact us now if you would like to assist with our Training Programs or require the service of our Education Department.

5. MEDICAL EQUIPMENT & INFECTION CONTROL SUPPLIES

With some 400 patients per month entrusted to our care, it is inevitable that we are in constant need of medical and infection control supplies and equipment.

6. VEHICLES FOR PATIENT TRANSPORT AND VISITATION

Hospice care-givers, nurses, doctors and social workers cover a territory stretching to Tsitsikamma, including communities in and around Humansdorp, Jeffrey’s Bay, Cape St Francis, Uitenhage and Port Elizabeth.