Frequently Asked Questions

Ottawa, Parkgate, Verulam, Waterloo, Amoutana, Hazelmere, Oakford, Cottonlands, Buffelsdraai, Osindisweni, Tongaat, Westbrook, Hambanati, Oginjini and Umhloti.

  • A hospice program is designed to provide support and care to those in their last phases of life-limiting illness.
  • Hospice affirms life and neither hastens nor postpones death.
  • Hospice focuses on quality of life for individuals and their family, and  recognizes dying as a part of the normal process of life.

Patients suffering from:

  • – Cancer
  •  – HIV/ AIDS (CD4 count < 350) 
  1. Referral Letter with diagnosis for Cancer, HIV/ AIDS
  2. I.D Book
  3. CD4 count < 350

According to the World Health Organisation (W.H.O) definition – “Palliative Care is an approach that improves the quality of life of a patient and their families facing problems associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering. The early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psycho-social and spiritual”.

It offers a support system to help patients live as actively as possible until death and to help the family cope during the patient’s illness and in their bereavement.

A) Home Care – Care within the home
The Home Care Team:

  • Trained Caregiver
  • Professional Nurses trained in palliative care
  • Doctors
  • Social Worker
  • Spiritual Counsellor

B) Day Care – Contributes to improve the quality of life of patients and families in a group

  • Interact socially
  • Learn new hobbies
  • Opportunity for clinical assessments
  • Health Education
  • Counselling
  • Music Exercises
  • Laughter Therapy
  • Enjoying lunch together in a fun filled environment

C) Psycho-social and Spiritual Support

  • Provides a culturally sensitive support to assist patients and families to deal with social, emotional and spiritual needs

D) Bereavement Support groups

  •  Aimed at supporting individuals to find their own inner resources when faced with loss, to acknowledge that grief is painful but a normal process
  •  Bereavement groups
  •  Bereavement counsellor

E) Poverty Relief

  • Food hampers and nutritious products provided by sponsors are distributed to the patients when available.

F) Clinical Care

  • Once a month, a volunteer medical Doctor examines some of the patients at the hospice and prescribed medication is obtained from the local pharmacy.
  • Become a Hospice Volunteer
  • Be a life time member
  • Join the Management committee etc
  • Donate Items such as Ensure, Future Life, Food Parcels and Toiletries
  • Donation via Stop Orders
  • Cash Donations
  • Bank: First National Bank
  • Account No: 50911149596
  • Code: 220229
  • Reference: Name and Surname
  • 45 As-Safa Way
  • Riyadh
  • Verulam

Telephone: 032 533 2764

Fax: 032 533 0486

vlmhospice@telkomsa.net

  • Monday – 08:00 to 16:30
  • Tuesday – 08:00 to 16:30
  • Wednesday – 08:00 to 16:30
  • Thursday – 08:00 to 16:30
  • Friday – 08:00 to 16:00
  • Saturday & Sunday – Closed
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