TODAY IS WORLD HOSPICE DAY: PALLIATIVE CARE BECAUSE I MATTER
Each year, in October the world emphasises the importance of management of cancers: screening, treating and rehabilitation.
Each year, in October, is the WORLD HOSPICE &PALLIATIVE CARE DAY.
THIS DAY AIMS TO:
Share our vision to increase the availability of hospice and palliative care services by creating opportunities to speak out about palliative and hospice issues.
Raise awareness and understanding of the needs – medical, social, physical, emotional and spiritual – of people living with a life limiting illness and their families.
Raise funds to support and develop hospice and palliative care services.
A key action for this year’s World Hospice and Palliative Care Day campaign is to call on governments to listen to people who need or access palliative care and support the inclusion of the essential package of palliative care in their national budgets and care services.
“As a Hospice in Eswatini, we join the world in commemorating this day. Our day for action is still to be announced where we will hear from the people sharing their stories or experiences “BECAUSE THEY MATTER” We still aim at providing the highest quality of care and your support for this work will ensure that we reach all the clients who need our services,” reads a statement issued yesterday.
Swaziland Hospice At Home was established in 1990, by visiting nurse Stephanie Wyer. On its inception the main focus was caring for cancer patients who were discharged and left to suffer at home. With the proliferation of HIV and AIDS in the country the organisation has to broaden its cope and accommodate Aids suffers who also were sent home because hospital capabilities could not accommodate terminally ill patients.
Hospice is a programme of care for patients facing the debilitating effects of serious or terminal illness. Hospice also serves as a support for care givers and those close to the patient.
The hospice programme is dedicated to helping maintain the highest possible quality of life by relieving pain and other symptoms of illness. We also help patients and caregivers understand and manage the changes associated with illness.
We recognise that every individual has unique physical emotional, social and spiritual needs, and we are committed to ensuring that every patient receives care that is:
Comprehensive, coordinated and expert. Provided with respect and dignity. Delivered in a safe, comfortable setting.
In accordance with individual needs and beliefs.
COMFORT ZONE: Palliative care home at Matsapha.