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Why Barrydale Hospice is essential

In Barrydale chronic conditions such as hypertension, asthma, COPD, diabetes, mental health conditions and epilepsy are regularly treated at the understaffed state clinic. Cancer and TB and to a lesser extent HIV and AIDS are reported in ever-increasing numbers as the fear of stigma recedes. Foetal Alcohol Syndrome and alcoholism, drug abuse and inappropriate diet also have a devastating effect on the community’s health. Many of these people, but by no means all, are historically disadvantaged South Africans.

Barrydale Hospice would like to:

  • Effective symptom control, provision of social, psychological and spiritual support throughout the period of the patients’ illness and the bereavement period.
  • Assist patients in transport to medical facilities if needed.
  • Provide palliative care for those being treated for chronic conditions by way of regular house visits, in many cases, daily house visits. House visits enable the hospice sister to provide professional supervision of dosage and medication and an opportunity to assess and monitor the daily conditions and environment of the patients.
  • In cases where the patient is the bread winner, provides food, electricity, and other life necessities of which the family would otherwise be deprived.
  • Promote, develop and implement educational programmes to:
    • Prevent the spread of HIV and TB
    • Care of patients dying of HIV and TB
    • Further extend these programmes to cover other terminal and/or chronic illnesses such as Cancer, Diabetes and non-communicable disease i.e. heart ailments
    • Develop integrated community-driven programmes that help reduce the impact of these illnesses
  • Develop the necessary skills and knowledge that enable councelling services, palliative health care, and other types of support to be available for HIV, TB and Cancer patients, and extend these skills to include patients with other life limiting/life threatening illnesses.
  • Set up support groups in the communities to assist with the home care for the terminally ill/dying HIV, TB ad Cancer patients.
  • Initiate and promote projects that enable Hospice to implement its programmes.