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Palliative Care

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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 by means of early identofication and assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.

We are very proud to announce that Golden Gateway Hospice is an HPCA training site for Palliative care. Our first course “Introduction to Palliative Care” was presented by Sr Crafford and Elize Willis from the 26th—30th of September 2011.

Physical Care

Medical staff with their new uniformsAfter an assessment by a Hospice Professional Nurse and / or Social Worker the patient will be admitted as a Hospice patient. Hospice patients receive home based care on a regular basis, from the Professional Nurses and the Home Based Care Workers, which includes a full wash; care for the back and pressure areas; changing the patient's position in his / her bed; assisting the patient out of the bed to prevent embolism; foot care; nail care and visiting with the patients until his / her primary care-giver (normally a family member) returns. Hospice does not replace the primary care-giver but acts as a support to the care-giver. Pain management is also practiced by the Professional Nurses. They will administer the necessary pain medication to the patient as instructed by a Medical Practitioner.

Psychosocial Care

Professional counselling is given both to the patient and the family. We assist the patient and his / her family to affirm life and regard dying as a normal process. We offer support, advice and assistance in obtaining ID applications, child support, school uniforms, foster care and disability grants. Patient support groups meet weekly for emotional support, therapy and training in life skills such as candle making, planting and nurturing vegetable gardens etc.

Bereavement Care

We provide support and care for the family members who are grieving. This support is given for as long as the family are in need of this care.

Spiritual Care

Voluntary spiritual workers are used to support the patient and his / her family spiritually.

Food parcels

Poverty within the community is rife. Golden Gateway Hospice offers its patients and other poor families within their community a  food parcel if we have enough available. We receive donations of  food parcels from the CRC Church in Bethlehem. There are still many other families who could benefit from this service, however Hospice is limited to how much and how often it is able to provide this service.

HIV/AIDS Testing and TB Screening

Hospice supports knowing your HIV / Aids status. It is with this in mind that Golden Gate Hospice offers free HIV / Aids testing  and TB Screening along with the required pre and post counselling. Early detection results in early treatment therefore allowing the individual to enjoy a long and full life.

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