We accommodate patients temporarily and provide Hospice and palliative care through our 40-bed inpatient unit. This is a last resort which only applies to a patient, if the patient's care cannot be adequately maintained and secured by the training of his/her family members or by the assistance of the family through our mobile home-nursing-teams or by the Drop-in / Day-Care-Centre.
This option still gives room to train family members on their patient in our centre.
Our inpatient unit has now nine wards, including a paediatric ward, a mother-and-child ward and a high care ward.
Mbongani has been in the hospice for several months. He was admitted to our hospice because of advanced TB and severe skin problems.
Mbongani went to school for two years, then he left school because of the advice of an isangoma (she is a diviner) to his parents and started to look for work.
He has been without real work ever since.
When he fell ill with tuberculosis, he was in big trouble because he had nobody who could care for him and not being able to work it was difficult for him to pay for his room or to buy something to eat. He became too weak to go to the clinic for his consultations.
Because of this, there were irregularities in the medication and his tuberculosis, which had been well under control previously, broke out again.
TB is not only the number one cause of all deaths in South Africa.
The cure rate dropped within the last two years from 76% to 70 % due to an increasing treatment interruption rate.
This sad fact spurs us on to improve our therapy program constantly.
It confirms the importance of the work of our therapeutic counsellors.
Sinenhlanhla has been a patient in our hospice since December 2019.
She is 31 years old and has two children, a boy aged 12 years and a girl aged 4. While Sinenhlanla is staying with us both children are taken care of by an uncle.
She lost her mother when she was 14 and she and her siblings were raised by her grandmother. Sinenhlanhla’s father is unknown.
She had to help her grandmother a lot but she was also lucky that she was able to go to school.
School was the best time in her life, she loved to study.
After finishing school she had big dreams of what she wanted to be in her life but it came differently. There was no money for an apprenticeship or for university and there are unskilled job seekers like sand at the sea.
She stayed at home with her grandmother and lives on odd jobs. The only regular income of the family is grandmother’s pension.
When she got sick and too weak to do anything herself she thought it was a blessing that she was admitted to the Care Centre.
“The Doctor and the nurses are so nice, always smiling and friendly and I can ask them everything, they always take their time to explain. Thank you“
Jabulani, which means “be happy”, is 55 years old and he is in our hospice since April 2019. He grew up in Lambothi near Mandeni with his siblings, a brother and two sisters. He finished grade 5 in school but then he had to start looking for work because his parents had run out of money. He found a job with a carpenter and that is what he did most of his life. He loved working with wood. He got married when he was twenty years old and now he has a family with five children aged 35 to 17. Since he fell sick he has been receiving a small pension from the government and this pension is the only money his family has. All of his children are without jobs. The boys find work for one or two days, then they have to wait again until somebody calls and needs them. His two daughters have babies. When he was diagnosed with TB and other diseases he didn’t know where to go to for help. He couldn’t walk anymore and he lost the ability to bend his fingers. The day he was admitted into our care he wasn’t able to hold a spoon. He told me that he often saw the ambulance of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard and started asking if anybody of his neighbours could tell him what kind of organization it is. A friend told him that these people help without charging and that they are very nice. His wife phoned the Care Centre and they really came to look after him. They suggested that he should be admitted in the hospice, there they could help him in a better way. And now he is happy to be here. His hands are a lot better and he is able to hold a spoon again.
A physiotherapist comes once a week and shows him how to train his fingers. He also gained some strength and is feeling much better now.
Father Christmas never forgets to visit his „children“ at our Hospice. A small gesture that puts a smile on the face of our patients and the joy of Christmas in their heart. Usually all staff members go from ward to ward singing carols, but in 2020 for Covid-19 precautionary reasons the nurse in charge had to present the Christmas gifts on her own.