“Delivering Hospice Care – Quality Living”
Hospice White River provides professional home base palliative care to people within the White River community diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, regardless of age, religion and race. Their patient care programme is headed by a registered professional nurse and they’ve served the community since April 2001.
Palliative care includes physical, psycho-social and spiritual support which is tailored to the patient’s needs and wishes, focusing on pain and symptom management. They also provide support to the patient’s family during this emotional and difficult time.
Hospice White River is committed to the following:
- To promote quality of life and dignity in death and provide physical, psycho-social and spiritual support to our patients and the bereaved.
- To provide palliative care in the White River area to people when diagnosed with a life threatening illness.
- To provide patients with access to a skilled multidisciplinary team of health care professionals.
- To offer palliative care and respite for all their patients, the carers and family, regardless of age, race, creed or economic circumstances.
- To ensure sustainability, they are committed to good governance and transparency.
- They value their employees and volunteers and support their ongoing professional growth and the expansion of the organization.
- They are conscious of and responsive to the broader environmental concerns and needs of their community.
Patients can be referred to the care programme either by themselves, a doctor, family member, friend or colleague and they ask for an initial assessment fee commensurate with the patient’s financial situation. Thereafter, their service relies on donations that the family can afford.
Using a team approach by networking and liaising with the patient’s own doctors, at the centre of hospice palliative care is the belief that everyone has the right to die pain-free and with dignity. Hospice focusses on providing loving care usually within the patient’s home.
This extensive, professional care together with essential background administrative support requires a sizable income, and Hospice White River is entirely reliant on donations. Being a local charity, the money raised stays within the White River community and is not absorbed into a national organization, and Hospice White River will gladly show people exactly where their money goes.
Many people have experienced their care and services and Hospice White River holds a special place in the hearts of those touched by them.
Their Candle of Compassion campaign launched in April 2014 to plug the funds gap. They appeal to members of the community to pledge R50 or what is affordable per month on an ongoing basis. If they achieve their goal of 500 monthly donors @ R50 each, Hospice White River will be well on their way to covering 50% of their monthly expenses, enabling them to continue their invaluable community work. They have 80 donors so far, and Casterbridge Cinema donates one free movie ticket for every new pledge – so why not set up a recurring monthly EFT payment when you finish reading this?
Hospice White River FNB White River branch code 270 552, Cheque Account 6202 566 8302.
Please let Hospice know about your donation, as they need to send your movie ticket voucher, a thank you letter and at the end of the financial year a Section 18a Tax Receipt. Your cash donation is tax deductible! They gladly accept bi-annual or annual donations if you prefer this method.
19 Wildevy Street, White River
Phone: 013 750 3044