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.

"Hospice offers a support system for both the patient and his/her family. Hospice intends neither to hasten, nor postpone death," she explained.

The PROBUS group consists of retired business- and professional people, most of whom previously belonged to Rotary. They meet on the second Wednesday of every month at Reading Country Club. For more information on the group, feel free to contact their President, Ken Mitch on 083 276 2351.

If you would like a Hospice staff members to address a group that you belong to, kindly mail Tersia Burger on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details.

Caption: Members of the PROBUS group here with Tersia Burger from Stepping Stone Hospice & Care Services (back row on the right) with next to her President of PROBUS, Ken Mitch.

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