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    To Assist Family/Care Giver Through This Experience And Bring Solace To Those Grieving The Death Of Loved One

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    To Provide Specialist Palliative Care To People Experiencing The Impact Of Life-threatening Illness.

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Kiddies ride for hospice

Kiddies ride for hospice

Whilst the adults are still hibernating and contemplating whether they should or should not take up the challenge of the annual 947 Telkom Cycle Challenge, our kiddies are stepping up and committing to ride for a purpose.

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Be prepared for end-of-life decisions

No one can predict the future. Terminal illness or accidents can strike at any moment, rearranging lives, altering priorities, taxing financial and health care plans.

Yet most of us still don't like talking about the type of care we want at the end of our lives. So what if you unexpectedly became very sick? It might be hard for you to think about what treatment or care you may want. You might even be so sick that you cannot communicate. If that happens, your doctors and family may need to make decisions for you.

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Charity shops essential for our survival

Charity shops essential for our survival

"The impact of donations to our charity shops and the sale of these items can never be underestimated as it makes up at least 60% of the shortfall on our annual budgeted income," says Tersia Burger, CEO of Stepping Stone Hospice & Care Services.

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Stepping Stone Hospice and Care Services made HISTORY

Stepping Stone Hospice and Care Services made HISTORY

History was made at Stepping Stone Hospice and Care Services on 22 May 2018 when the first group of students at the hospice's newly established Centre for Palliative Learning received their certificates on completion of the Introduction to Palliative Care course.

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Hospice neither hastens, nor postpone death

Hospice neither hastens, nor postpone death

As part of their "Taking Hospice to the People" campaign, Stepping Stone Hospice CEO, Tersia Burger, addressed the PROBUS group on Wednesday 9 May at Reading Country Club, where she explained palliative "hospice" care and tried to dispel some of the myths around palliative care - the biggest one being that it is only applicable for the last weeks of life.

Palliative care, in a nutshell, is the care of patients with an active, progressive and a far advanced disease for whom the focus of care is the relief and prevention of suffering and ensuring quality of life.

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Jojo tank will bring down water bill

Jojo tank will bring down water bill

The Stepping Stone Hospice gardens at their In-Patient Unit in New Market Park are a true haven for the patients and their families, a tranquil area where they can share some special, and in many cases, last moments together. Maintaining the gardens however, can be a costly exercise, according to Tersia Burger, CEO of Stepping Stone Hospice. "We have to water regularly with a huge water bill as a consequence." Shane Judge from Skunk Water Solutions in Southcrest, Alberton, came to the hospice's rescue with a donation of a 5000 litre Jojo tank, completely installed as well as adding the gutters to the building. "Having a Jojo tank has been an item on our Wish List for a long time," says Tersia. "So a huge big thank you to Shane and his team for ticking this item off our list. Now we wait for the rains to fall!"

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Join us in a Courageous Conversation

Join us in a Courageous Conversation

Sometimes it takes courage to talk about the 'unspeakable' issues we are confronted with, issues such as our experience of loss, our fear of death, our loneliness. And more often than not, we have no outlet to express these fears or a safe space where we can acquire coping mechanisms for these challenges.

"Courageous Conservations" is an initiative of Stepping Stone Hospice & Care Services and aims to create that safe space where you can turn the "unspeakable" issues into a conversation that can lead to better understanding.

"Working at a hospice exposes us to every kind of human emotion and experience. What we have learnt is that we all have a story. We all experience heartbreak, heartache, uncertainty and difficult times in our lives. Courageous Conversations was borne out of this knowledge," explains CEO Tersia Burger.

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Hospice Golf Day Raises a Whopping R152 000

Hospice Golf Day Raises a Whopping R152 000

In what can only be described as one of the most successful golf days to date held in aid of Stepping Stone Hospice & Care Services, the tidy sum of R152 000 was raised for the charity on Wednesday April 18, 2018.

The course at Reading Country Club was a buzz of activities as 140 players took to the field with the 2017 winners, Leon Deschamps and Frans van Tonder, emerging yet again as the champions on 47 points. The format of the competition was a Betterball Stableford.

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Palliative care is a human right

Palliative care is a human right

At its core, palliative care serves to improve the quality of life of patients and their families who are facing problems associated with life-threatening illness. Sadly however, only about 14% of the 40-million people worldwide in need of palliative care currently receive it, claims the World Health Organisation (WHO). And when it comes to children, 98% of those needing palliative care live in low- and middle-income countries, with almost half of them living in Africa.

With 21 March being Human Rights Day, we asked Stepping Stone Hospice's CEO, Tersia Burger and Clinical Services Manager, Sister Sheryl Newman, why palliative care should be an absolute and fundamental human right…

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Grab your mate and enter today!

Grab your mate and enter today!

Yip, it's that time of year again when you get to shine your golf clubs, sharpen your skills and enter Stepping Stone Hospice's Annual Golf Day.

Renowned as one of the most exciting and fun-filled golf days on the golfing calendar, the date has been set for Wednesday, 18 April 2018 at Reading Country Club.

"With the format being Betterball Stableford, we have themed the day as the 'You're My Mate Golf Day' with some really great prizes up for grabs - not just for the winners, but also for the best-dressed Betterball team," says Marietjie Tame, fundraising manager at Stepping Stone Hospice.

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Be wowed at Great Gatsby Evening

Be wowed at Great Gatsby Evening

As a gesture of giving back to an organization who she says "unselfishly and unconditionally assisted, supported and cared for my late husband, myself, our family and friends during his last days," Gisela Sargent is planning a fundraiser in aid Stepping Stone Hospice & Care Services, "so that they can continue with the incredible services they offer to so many."

Many will remember the heart-breaking ceremony in November last year when, a mere three days before his passing, Brian Sargent married his long-time love Gisela Rall in his room at the hospice's In-Patient Unit in New Market Park.

"Never will I forget the love and encouragement during our wedding ceremony, as well as the utmost compassion and respect during our 'three-day honeymoon' before he passed away," says Gisela.

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When is it time for hospice?

When is it time for hospice?

At which point should a person diagnosed with life-limiting cancer register as a hospice patient? This is just one of the many questions asked not just by the patient, but by his/her family members too.

With February 4th being World Cancer Day, a global initiative that originated in the year 2000 at the first ‘World Summit Against Cancer’ held in Paris, we thought it appropriate to raise this question with Sr Sheryl Newman, Clinical Services Manager at Stepping Stone Hospice & Care Services in New Market Park.

“While helping to relieve a person's symptoms and side effects from treatment is an important part of cancer care, many patients wait too long to register for hospice care because of preconceived fears that this means they have given up or that hospice care is only applicable in the final weeks or days of life,” says Sr Sheryl. “Palliative care is designed to relieve symptoms and improve your quality of life and can be used at any stage of a life-limiting illness if there are troubling symptoms such as pain,” she adds.

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Alberton High donates fourth wheelchair to hospice

Alberton High donates fourth wheelchair to hospice

Stepping Stone Hospice’s Clinical Services Manager, Sister Sheryl Newman, was on hand on Thursday, 25 January, to accept a fourth wheelchair donation from the staff and pupils of Alberton High during their morning assembly.

Dylan Jacobs, a learner at Alberton High School and a member of the school's Welfare Committee, has been collecting bottle caps and bread tags since he was in Grade 8, in an effort to ‘earn’ wheelchairs from Interwaste as part of the organization’s recycling project, where they donate a wheelchair to the charity of your choice for the collection of plastic bottle caps and bread tags.

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Another charity shop for hospice

Another charity shop for hospice

Stepping Stone Hospice will soon be opening the doors to another charity shop in Alberton. Says hospice’s Retail Manager, Brenda Peach: “The decision to open a second store came from the growing need to showcase the larger furniture items we receive from the community, as our current shop doesn’t offer the floor space to do that. We needed somewhere to feature the bigger items, in a manner you’d expect to find on a furniture-shop floor.”

The shop, which is located in the Stats Building in Fore Street, in close proximity to the Alberton Boulevard, is certainly large enough to act as a showroom, boasting 450m² of floor space. “We have some alterations and shop fitting to do, but we hope to open our doors by mid-Feb,” says Brenda.

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Message from our CEO…

Message from our CEO…

2017 is finally drawing to an end. For some it has been a long year filled with profound sadness and loss. Many families in our community will face a ‘First Christmas’ without their loved ones.

Stepping Stone Hospice, too, experienced a difficult year – probably the most trying in our history. Yet, we also realise that there is so much to be grateful for.

Because of the generosity of our community and the hard work of our fundraising team, we were able to continue caring for the terminally ill in our community and their families. Your contributions have helped make Stepping Stone Hospice one of the leading hospices. We are so grateful to you for helping to support not only our committed clinical team, but also the support staff. You have helped us touch the lives of thousands.

In 2016, we started our Brick-by-Brick Project. The money raised has been set aside to help us realise our dream of a Hospice Village – an extension of our current facilities to help accommodate more patients in need, including adolescent patients and their families. We have encountered some unforeseen obstacles and red tape along the way, but our vision remains the same and we continue to look for the best possible solution for our planned extension to become a reality.

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Our Events

Come Whine With Me – Wednesday, 29 August

Come Whine With Me – Wednesday, 29 August

Our guest speaker this year is popular, Alberton-based Colour Therapist (and all-round ‘Life Guru’) Sonet Erasmus.

This inspiring lady has touched many lives – miss it, miss out!

Courageous Conversations

About Courageous Conversations

Working at a hospice exposes us to every kind of human emotion and experience. What we have learnt is that we all have a story. We all experience heartbreak, heartache, uncertainty and difficult times in our lives. Courageous Conversations was borne out of this knowledge. Courageous Conversations is about talking about the 'unspeakable' issues that we are often confronted with and have no outlet to express or learn coping mechanisms for…

‘Last Wishes’ Campaign

A Hospice For My Daughter
The Story of Debbie Townsend
To Feel it, One last Time
The Story of Christo Heymans

What is a Hospice

Hospice is not a place but a ‘philosophy of care’ for people facing a life-limiting illness. It addresses a patient’s physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs, and also helps support those who love them.

A common misconception about hospice is that it is ‘a last resort’ and that a person must be bedridden or unable to communicate in order to receive help.

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Our Services

Home Based Care

Home Based Care

Our palliative trained nursing sisters visit patients in their own homes. The nursing sister co-ordinates the care and liaises with other hospice team members such as the doctor, social worker, community care workers, volunteer caregivers and other professionals who may be involved in treating the patient.

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In Patient Unit (IPU)

In Patient Unit (IPU)

Most people choose to receive hospice care in their homes; however, when a symptom such as pain cannot be managed in the home, patients can choose to receive care in our inpatient hospice unit.

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Home Based Nursing

Home Based Nursing

We place trained care-workers in the patient’s home to care for the patient’s needs. The care, according to the patient’s need, can be from one day a week to up to 24 hour nursing, alternating between two care-workers.

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Bereavement Counselling

Bereavement Counselling

Grief is personal and won’t ever be experienced by two individuals in exactly the same way. That person alone knows the depth of their grief and they need to listen to their own inner coping strategies. There are some people who get stuck at a certain point in their grieving journey

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Come Whine With Me – Wednesday, 29 August

Come Whine With Me – Wednesday, 29 August

Our guest speaker this year is popular, Alberton-based Colour Therapist (and all-round ‘Life Guru’) Sonet Erasmus.

This inspiring lady has touched many lives – miss it, miss out!

Read more


Courageous Conversations

About Courageous Conversations

Working at a hospice exposes us to every kind of human emotion and experience. What we have learnt is that we all have a story. We all experience heartbreak, heartache, uncertainty and difficult times in our lives. Courageous Conversations was borne out of this knowledge. Courageous Conversations is about talking about the 'unspeakable' issues that we are often confronted with and have no outlet to express or learn coping mechanisms for…

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