Are you interested in becoming a new patient?
Becoming a new patient?
1: Ask your Doctor or clinic to complete the Drakenstein Palliative Hospice referral form which can be downloaded here.
2: Send us your referral via email, fax or hand deliver to 109 Breda Street, Paarl. This can be done either by yourself, a family member or your health practitioner.
3: Drakenstein Palliative Hospice will contact you within 24 hours to arrange a home visit to assess your needs and work with you on a way forward.
What areas we work in?
We work primarily in the Drakenstein Sub-District, as part of the Cape Winelands. We look after over 220 free patients in the district per month.
Are you interested in our free service?
We provide a free service to all who require palliative care whether or not they are able to pay. All additional services such as private palliative care, adherance support or advance care plan services please see the next section on our paid services.
Together we develop an individual care plan and allocate staff and resources to achieve the plan.
The plan is revised together with the patient and their family, adapted as needs and circumstances change.
Home-based caregivers may be allocated to assist with some hygiene needs.
We work togther with the family, providing specialised expertise and support to maximise quality of life and dignity in death.
Are you interested in our paid service?
Our speciality is quality homebased care. The paid service offers supervised expertise for patients and families who may need more than the free service.
The DPH interdiscipllinary team admits the patient, develops a care plan and provides on-going care and supervision as per care plan.
Caregivers will then be allocated and introduced to the patient and family members.
Our team will supervise and support the caregivers to provide the best in quality home care.
The service may be terminated at anytime with 24 hours notice.
What is Palliative Care?
in his/her environment;
within his/her social circumstances;
considering personal religious, cultural or spiritual preferences;
supporting the emotional impact;
addresses understanding of the illness while;
professionally managing the symptoms such as pain, nausea and vomiting, constipation, agitation, body changes etc.
Am I eligible to make use of this service?
Patients with Cancer, who are HIV positive (Aids), have drug resistant or complicated TB, terminal diabetes, terminal CVA, congestive cardiac failure, motor neuron disease (MND), severe dementia etc., who requirie holistic palliative care: physical (active symptom management), emotional, social, cultural, health literacy and spiritual care.
Patients who spend more than 50% of their time in bed (non-ambulant patients). Patients in need of nursing care; wound care, pain control, a bed bath, PEG feeding, tracheostomy or stoma care and suport, pressure care, who may need their blood pressure or diabetes monitoring or TB and medication management or medication and dressing supplies for patients not able to get to their nearest clinic.
The services we provide
All our care is provided using a holistic palliative care approach with a sensitivity to cultural and spiritual preferences.
SPECIALISED MEDICAL & NURSING CARE
We provide specialised palliative care and a clinical approach to active symptom management through therapies that positively influence the course of illness.
PSYCHOSOCIAL & SPIRITUAL CARE
We provide professional counselling and emotional support to patients and their families. Facilitating quality of life during the dying process into the bereavement period.
We provide physical nursing care, information and procedures to enable patients to live actively and in comfort.
HOME BASED CARE
We provide palliative care expertise and equipment to enable patients to remain in their own homes.