What is Palliative Home Care?
- Active symptom management of the holistic needs of patients and families infected and affected by life threatening illness or life limiting conditions
- Patients and families being supported and empowered to provide care
- The community having access to quality professional care in their homes
Our Palliative Service
- Patient centered care
- Active Symptom management
- Individual care plans
- Interdisciplinary team approach
- Home Based Care Service
- Prof approach and supervision
- Social Work interventions
- Bereavement support
We do not have an in-patient unit; all the care given, is home based.
1. Patients with an incurable illness
Cancer, Aids, terminal diabetes, terminal CVA, congestive cardiac failure, motor neuron disease, etc., requiring holistic palliative care: physical (active symptom management), emotional, cultural, social, intellectual and spiritual care.
2. HIV/AIDS patients
- Patients who have HIV Stage 4 and need active symptom management
- All HIV patients with cancer
- All paediatric patients with HIV
- Patients with a CD4 count below 200, who do not qualify for anti-retrovirals
- Patients with a CD4 count below 200, newly put on anti-retrovirals, with additional (psycho-social or physical) reasons to monitor side effects and adherence.
3. Category 3 patients
- According to the HBC referral protocol based on the physical needs of patients who are non-ambulant.
- Children and Supportive Care
- Children with a life threatening illness.
- Children of patients.
- Community vulnerable children
April 2017 free palliative care statistics:
- 253 patients in their homes
- 27 sick children
- 128 patients with cancer;
- 38 HIV patients and
- 87 with other chronic illnesses
The Interdisciplinary Care Team
- 4 professional nurses
- 2 social workers and 2 social auxiliary workers
- A staff nurse
- Part-time Doctor
- 18 community caregivers and private part-time caregivers