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Finding the right care close to you.
Find out everything there is to know about palliative and hospice care.
Finding the right type of care provider near you is easier than you think.
In our previous article, we briefly discussed the difference between palliative and hospice services. This article explores where you can find such providers in South Africa, to help you choose what suits you best. Despite the two types being significantly different in purpose and approach, contemporary facilities are starting to combine several elements from both.
Hospitals & Clinics
Public and private hospitals now offer more substantial care facilities and services. Most communities in South Africa have access to a hospital or to a clinic, which offer services and guidance inspired by both palliative and hospice care plans. In situations of high risk for the patient, individuals are not moved from one place to another and care services are rather expanded upon or even outsourced in private institutions.
Ask for more information about what you can get at your local facility. It’s free to ask and within 30mins you could become acquainted with a worthwhile contact. This way you and your family can become familiar with where to go, and what to ask for, in an unforeseen situation.
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Hospices, Palliative Care & Non-Profit Organisations
Hospice admission is usually only processed when there is surety that a patient is nearing the end of his/her life. Alternatively, it may be permitted if there are beds available while family members or home-carers need a break. In South Africa, hospice and palliative care services are provided by the following organisations:
- Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa (HPCA)
- Highway Hospice
- St Luke’s Hospice
- Hospice Wits
- Stepping Stones Hospice
- Hospice Knysna Sedgefield
- Breede River Hospice
- South Coast Hospice
- Centurion Hospice
- Chatsworth Hospice
- Saint Giles
- Helderberg Hospice
- Stellenbosch Hospice
- Bethesda Medical and Relief Services
- Boland Hospice
- Drakenstein Palliative Hospice
- Franschhoek Hospice
- Saint Bernard’s Hospice Association
- Camdeboo Hospice
- St Francis Hospice
- Golden Gateway Hospice
- Goldfields Hospice
- Ladybrand Hospice
- Nightingale Hospice
- Brits-Hartbeespoort Hospice
- Hospice Matlosana
- Hospice Rustenburg
- Hosanna Hospice
- Hospice White River
- Nelspruit Hospice
- Blessed Gerard’s Care Centre
- Howick Hospice
- Holy Cross Hospice
- Estcourt Hospice
- Msunduzi Hospice Association
- South Coast Hospice Association
- Verulam Regional Hospice Association
- Zululand Hospice
- Centurion Hospice
- Hospice East Rand
- Leratong Hospice
- St Francis Care Centre
Your doctor, nurse or clinic sister may also be able to refer you to other sources, based on your location and personal requirements.
Western Cape Government. 2017. Hospice and palliative care. Available at: https://www.westerncape.gov.za/general-publication/hospice-and-palliative-care [Accessed 13 August 2019].
We all have questions.
Below are some of the answers to the most common questions that you need to know.
What is usually the first sign of HIV?
After getting infected with HIV, most patients only experience moderate flu-like symptoms. Typically, the illness is sudden in onset and is characterised by fever, swelling of the lymph glands, a measles-like rash all over the body and ulcers in the mouth and sometimes on the genitalia.
What are the 4 stages of HIV?
- Stage 1: Infection – Exposure to infected bodily fluids.
- Stage 2: Asymptomatic – HIV quickly spreads and the patient becomes seropositive for HIV antibodies.
- Stage 3: Symptomatic – The immune system is now engaged in a constant battle with the rapidly replicating virus.
- Stage 4: AIDS – At this stage, the patient’s CD4+ count is 200 cells per mm3 or less.
How soon can HIV be detected by a blood test?
No test can detect HIV immediately after infection. The time between initial infection and a detectable viral load is called the window period. It can take anywhere from 2-12 weeks to after exposure detect whether you are HIV-positive or not, depending on which testing method is used.
How long does it take to show symptoms of HIV?
Following initial infection, there is a period of intense, unchecked viral replication that occurs. It usually takes two to four weeks after infection and can last about one to two weeks, after which there tends to be a slight recovery, and the infected individual is considered to be seropositive for HIV antibodies.
How is HIV transmitted?
HIV is transmitted from one person to another through the exchange of body fluids. The main method of transmission in South Africa is through unprotected sexual activity.
Does HIV test affect life insurance?
Being HIV-positive can affect standard life insurance policies, particularly if your status changes from HIV-negative to HIV-positive within a particular age range. That’s why AllLife covers all lives. Your HIV status doesn’t prevent you from getting cover with us.
Can HIV-positive women have children?
Yes, HIV-positive women can enjoy healthy pregnancies and give birth to healthy HIV-negative babies. Through the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) programme has been highly effective in reducing transmission risk to under 1%.
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