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Palliative Care

Palliative Care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing challenges associated with life threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification, impeccable assessment, management of pain and other problems.

Any person of any age with a confirmed medical diagnosis of a life-limiting condition qualifies for palliative care.

The Howick Hospice care team will design a care plan for each patient to ensure their individuality is respected, upheld and that the care is relevant and appropriate.
There is no cost involved for the patient. Our philosphy is that palliative care is a human right for all who need it.

Howick Hospice divided their care into two service elements: Traditional and Outreach Programmes.

We are extremely fortunate in the Outreach Programme that organisations such as Tias Arms and Woolworths donate food parcels/food to our child patients/patients.

Training

All staff members are required to be sufficiently trained in order to perform to their best potential. Registered nurses are required to obtain the certificate in Palliative Nursing care.

In-service training is an ongoing requirement which is offered on a regular basis.

In addition to the above, courses are offered to the community on a regular basis, covering all topics related to Home-based Palliative Care.

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