The course of a terminal illness is, for nearly all people, a profound spiritual journey. When curative treatment becomes no longer tenable, persons confronted with existential questions about the meaning and purpose of their lives, and what will happen to them when they die.
For many patients, their deepest suffering is not only physical, but arises from spiritual pain surrounding issues of forgiveness and reconciliation. Particularly for those whose early experiences of a spiritual life are associated with fear, judgment and retribution, spiritual healing is an important means of reaching resolution.
Our target population in these terms are those who have developed full-blown Aids and in many cases do not have a concrete family structure or orphans who have no close relative to help them in this journey. As you are aware there is a great stigma amongst most communities who become aware that a member of their community is Aids ill. This applies across the racial and social structures. Many of our patients come to us afraid, in pain and have no one to confide their fears to.
Our objective …
is to ensure the continual growth of Palliative care; Hospice is actively involved in the fight against HIV/ Aids. However, for a large majority and because of myths, stigma, denial, and fear we are faced with many who have lost the battle, but these people are entitled to die in a loving, caring environment without judgment or ridicule, but to pass with the dignity that they deserve.
The end of life cannot be predicated for any of us. We do not know when it will happen, who will be with us, how it will occur, or what we will feel. Those involved in the process of dying have a variety of physical, spiritual, emotional and social needs.
Hospice provides personalized services at 75 center’s to approximately 20,000 current patients countrywide.
Palliative care emphasizes living, personal choice, helping people to make the most of each day by relieving of symptoms (especially pain) and enabling people to die in peace, with dignity, and in keeping with their values. Hospice is a clinically directed, interdisciplinary team consisting of professional and volunteers to provide physical, social, spiritual and emotional care. Also included is a variety of bereavement and counseling services.
Palliative Care in essence, affirms life and regards dying as a normal process;
Neither hastens or postpones death, integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care, provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms. Offers a support system to help patients live as actively as possible until death ; and offers a support system to help the family cope during the patients illness and their own bereavement.
We offer 24 hour professional nursing care to:
- Frail & bed bound patients.
- Elderly post-operative patients offering full frail care, after hospitalisation or illness.
- Long and short term patients who require respite care when the regular carer needs a break.
- Patients who need to be cared for while their families are on holiday.
- Patients who are terminally ill.
CHARITY SHOP IN HENLEY
The charity shop in Henley serves the Henley on Klip community and has been open since 2019, It is run by Volunteers and is called The Little Shop around the Corner. By donating your goods for resale in our shop you help to provide us with invaluable funds to maintain our high standard of care in the Hospice unit in Vereeniging. Wide Horizon Care is a non-profit Hospice organization that relies mainly on these donations to ensure the long-term sustainability of the unit The Charity shop and is open from Tuesday to Fridays from 7.30am to 4pm.
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