Palliative care is about the care and total well being of a person who is dying.
The approach is thus patient-centred and tailored to meet the complex needs of each patient and their family or those caring for them.
Overstrand Hospice Professional Nurses are all well qualified in palliative care.
The nurses work in close co-operation with the patient’s doctor, local hospitals and other health services in the medical care of each patient.
Our Social Worker supports the patient and their family with their social and emotional needs.
If requested by the patient, the Social Worker can have the support of volunteer Companions.
The professional staff are also assisted by a patient care administrator.
We have a Day Hospice facility for our patients two mornings per month.
Here patients who are well enough can spend time together and be spoilt by Hospice volunteers.
This also allows family and primary care-givers time to attend to their own needs.
When required, we also endeavour to help organise respite care at local care centres, subject to assessment and availability.
Inter Disciplinary Team (IDT)
Our Inter Disciplinary Team forms the backbone of our Patient Care programme.
The IDT consists of our Nursing Staff, the Social Worker, Doctors, Counsellors, Carers and a Medical Administrator.
All except the Sisters, the Social Worker and the Administrator are volunteers.
Available members of the IDT meet weekly.
Any changes necessary to improve the patients' well-being and our service to each patient are formulated and implemented.
This could involve any subject from administrative issues, to the planning of the Day Hospice activities or new training courses.
Monthly IDT meetings are now also being held in Kleinmond, Gansbaai and Pearly Beach.
Each IDT meeting is followed by a confidential session called the ‘Ward Round’ and involves only the Patient Care Team.
The group discusses each patient and monitors their current care and the needs of the family, as if it is a hospital ward round.
Thepatient’s care plan is discussed and reviewed with subsequent actions agreed, verified or modified when necessary.
This very professional process provides maximum support for our Nursing Sisters who carry the major burden,
while ensuring the best possible care for each patient.
A most useful folder entitled 'Preparing for A Family Death' is available at the Overstrand Hospice office.
For a donation of R30 to cover the printing expenses, it can be obtained at 10 Hope Street, Hermanus,
The folder was originally complied to assist patients and their families, but the demand has grown with members of the public wanting copies.
Each folder contains a questionnaire for completion, setting out many details of what is required before and after a death.
It also enables family members to have access to important relevant details needed to sort out the patient's affairs.
These details include such things as : does the patient have a will, where the will is lodged, pin numbers for various accounts etc.
Other useful literature is also included in the folder.