History of Overstrand Hospice

A group of Hermanus people identified the need for a home-based palliative care hospice in the Overstrand area. Our community is elderly and the nearest Hospice was 120 km away. Representatives from various community groupings and disciplines gathered together and a steering committee formed to work through the various aspects of starting a new hospice.
Under the guidance of the Hospice Palliative Care Association of SA, a Board of 12 people was subsequently elected and a Section 21 company was registered.
We have been granted our NPO (Non Profit Organisation) registration and have SA Revenue approval as a Public Benefit Company under Section 18A tax exemption.  

Overstrand Hospice became a registered company on 18 November.

Hospice moved into temporary sponsored premises comprising two small rooms in July.
Office systems were set up, promoting our image began in earnest, our logo was designed and the requisite palliative care forms were developed.
Two volunteer orientation seminars were held.
Monthly Board meetings began. 
The first AGM was held and we obtained our NPO number in November.

Our first Professional Nurse was engaged in January and our Palliative Care Service commenced.
An Administrative Secretary was appointed in April.
Overstrand Hospice  PBO status was approved in July.
Rented premises and started the 600 Club and the Hospice Shop in December.
34 patients and families were cared for with 285 home visits being made.

Awarded accreditation and accepted as a full member of the Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa in February
after meeting the required standards of Governance & Patient Care.
Signed a 3 year lease for offices in Hope Street on 1 March.
Started our Day Hospice in May.
Employed a second Professional Nurse in November.
Cared for 63 patients and made 747 home visits to patients and their families during 2008.

Overstrand Hospice purchased the Hope Street office buildings.  
 Based on the Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa (COHSASA) standards,
Overstrand Hospice was awarded 3 Star Status by the Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa (HPCA) in September.

Employed a General Manager as the role had now become too large for a volunteer manager.

Funding Co-ordinator employed in January.
Appointed our first Social Worker in April.
Overstrand Hospice awarded 4 Star Status by HPCA   ( www.hospicepalliativecaresa.co.za )

Number of patients under care reached an average of 48 during the year. 
Overstrand Hospice successfully raised sufficient funds to purchase the property occupied by our Shop in Aberdeen Street.