Frequently Asked Questions
Who Qualifies for Hospice Care?
Anyone living in the Langeberg Sub-District* suffering from any terminal or life-threatening illness.
In partnership with the Department of Health, we also care for:
HIV/Aids and Tuberculosis patients needing active symptom management and patients referred to us by the Infectious Clinic for social assessments, medicine adherence and monitoring of drug side effects (for 6 months from start of treatment).
Home-bound Chronic Care patients - Those suffering from chronic conditions related to Diabetes, Hypertension, CVA, Tuberculosis, etc., the frail elderly and anyone needing wound care.
Any infected children and/or children affected by terminally ill family members - a.k.a. Pediatric Palliative Care.
How Does One Become a Patient?
Our patients are referred to us by their general practitioners or hospital and clinic sisters - with the patient’s and/or their family’s permission. A referral can also be made by a patient’s family member validated by the patient's doctor.
Our official Referral Form needs to be filled in and signed by either a doctor or hospital / clinic sister and faxed or delivered to our administrative offices (address details on back panel). Our patient care staff will then contact the patient or their family within 24 hours of referral.
What Is The Cost?
Hospice care is provided for free regardless of age, race, financial standing, disability or gender - since we believe that no one should die alone, afraid or in pain, whether they can afford it or not.
Free!? - Where Does The Money Come From?
We depend entirely upon grants and donations (of ALL kinds) to provide our ongoing care-giving services and to sustain our organisation. Besides grants provided by local government and international aid organisations, we organise regular fundraising events and are substantially supported by our two charity shops - in Robertson and Montagu. Additionally, we receive a handful of private monthly pledges and occasionally are ‘rewarded’ bequests by passed patients. Every now and then, we also receive once-off donations from local community clubs and private individuals. (We favourably encourage fundraising initiatives of any kind. - If you’re keen to help us raise funds, please contact us.)
Can Family Members Get Involved?
Family members are encouraged and supported in playing an active role in caring for the patient. They are constantly advised on appropriate care and are always kept informed and involved.
Where Does My Doctor Fit In?
Most patients remain under the care of their own doctor who works closely with the Hospice team.
Do All Hospice Patients Die?
Not at all! While many of our patients are at their end of life stage, a lot of our patients - having being diagnosed as ‘terminal’ - are, in fact, treatable and often, curable. For example, Tuberculosis can be treated and cured and HIV can be treated and properly managed with ARV’s enabling those inflicted to return to a normal, healthy and productive lifestyle.
Of course, as a hospice, it is our purpose to sustain and uplift those facing life’s end but, extending one’s life where possible is just as much our intention.