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What is a Hospice

Palliative care and hospice is a ‘philosophy of care’ provided for patients and their families facing life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.This philosophy addresses the patient’s physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs. It also provides support for the family and carers of the patient.

Palliative and hospice care is often viewed as a last resort, and it’s this misconception that leads to the palliative team reaching the patient and family far too late. Palliative care can assist the patient to manage distressing symptoms such as pain in the comfort of his or her home.By managing symptoms, the patient is afforded quality time with his or her loved ones. Hospice does not hasten death – on the contrary, hospice promotes living until you die.

By registering early with the palliative team at hospice, the patient and family are given time to build a relationship with various members of the team and are able to utilise the care they provide and help to prepare for the end of life stage.

Even when there is no longer hope for a cure, the palliative team can assist to ensure you live your best life while you still can. When we reach the end of life stage, the team will do all possible to ensure that the patient has a dignified, pain-free death.

Hospices are the only facilities in South Africa providing palliative care as defined by the World Health Organisation.