Overstrand Hospice in Hermanus

Q. What is palliative care?

Palliative care is an approach that aims to improve the quality of life of patients facing problems associated with coping with a life threatening illness. This care is achieved through the prevention and relief of suffering - physical, psychosocial and spiritual - and is provided by an interdisciplinary team of doctors, professional nurses, a social worker, counsellors and trained volunteers.

Q Who qualifies for hospice assistance?

Hospice specialises in Palliative Care for patients with a life-threatening disease i.e.:

  • Cancer
  • End-stage HIV/Aids
  • End-stage Organ failure
  • End-stage emphysema and MND

Q How do I obtain access to hospice assistance?

Patients who meet the hospice admission criteria can be referred to hospice by a family member, friend, hospital, clinic or medical practitioner. A patient referral form must be completed by the attending doctor. Our professional registered nursing sister will conduct a detailed, holistic palliative care assessment with the patient at home, in hospital or at the frail care facility.

Q What are the costs of hospice care?

Our services are offered free of charge to patients and their families, irrespective of their ability to pay. Overstrand Hospice recently obtained a practise number which enables us to approach the medical scheme for payment, should the patient belong to a medical scheme. If a patient is able to contribute towards this, it is accepted with great gratitude. Every contribution enables us to offer care to patients in need.

Q How many beds do Overstrand Hospice have?

Overstrand Hospice provides a home-based palliative care service. Statistics show that most terminally ill patients prefer to be cared for in their own home. If the need arises, hospice can arrange for the patient to be transferred to networking partners for in-patient care.

Q Does hospice provide medication?

Hospice does not provide medication. Patients need to provide their own medication from their referring doctor. Medical equipment such as urinals, bedpans, special mattresses and wheelchairs donated to us are available on loan when available.

Q How is Hospice financed?

Overstrand Hospice is a fully self-funding, non-profit organisation. We are totally reliant on the generosity of donors, income derived from our charity shop, 600Club, bequests, grants from Trust and Corporate funds, and local fundraising events. The average cost of care per patient is approximately R20 000 to Hospice.

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Hospice Office

10 Hope Street, Hermanus, South Africa
Phone: +27(0)28 312 4679
Email: admin@overstrandhospice.org.za

Hospice Shop

1 Aberdeen Street, Hermanus, South Africa
Phone: +27(0)28 313 1884
Email: shop@overstrandhospice.org.za