TO­DAY IS WORLD HOSPICE DAY: PAL­LIA­TIVE CARE BE­CAUSE I MAT­TER

Observer on Saturday - - News - By Ob­server On Satur­day Re­porter

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.

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