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Ladies of hope Hospice Palliative care
Ladies of hope provide palliative care and home base care as an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing problems associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering, the early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.
Because palliative care is a holistic approach, ladies of hope is faced with overwhelming needs of patients and their families which include abject poverty, poor nutrition, family breakdown, vulnerable children, deep rural conditions, high exposure to TB, abuse, violence, complicated grief in families and a sense of helplessness. To improve the quality of life for patients and their families, these needs need to be addressed to empower the family to cope with the life threatening condition effectively. Poor resources and lack of referral structures make this very difficult.
Many of our patients diagnosed with life threatening illnesses experience severe pain and distressing symptoms which are not controlled. Ladies of hope strives for the recognition of pain and symptom relief as a basic human right for everyone.
Palliative service are provided by professionals and caregivers in patients’ homes physical Physcosocial and spiritual care is offered this consists of regular assessments by a qualified nurse who support the family and care giver. Referrals to the appropriate services are made. The community family friends and volunteers are the major role players in the care of a patient.
Ladies of hope has an inpatient facility with a 6 bed unit for the management of symptoms and pain unmanageable at home as well as respite care and for terminal care where death at home are undesirable. The focus is on comfort which is different of a hospital ward.
Ethical care- ladies of hope provide a care plan which is suited to the individual patient having discussed their expectations and the goals of care. The provision of palliative care must adhere to the principle of medical ethics the codes of conduct of the professional bodies constitutional and legal prescript.
Resource: Ladies of hope resource for palliative care development are limited and in spite of this the organisation will attend to the need of the community to help build palliative care efforts, goodwill and support from the community is needed although there are huge need. The educational, financial, and human resource devoted to meeting the need for palliative care.
Ladies of Hope services comprises of the following:
Home based care and hospice. We respond to community needs as they arise, maintaining compassionate care in the home, as well as providing community service activities such as home visitations, bereavement support ,Physcosocial support, spiritual report
Our knowledge and experience enables us to provide the best in home care to help patients cope with all of their health related needs.
Skilled and ancillary services include:
Personal care, wound care, medication management
Our team consist of a Registered Nurse - has comprehensive training in clinical care and competent in emergency care.
Nursing Auxiliary (Enrolled Nurse or Nursing Auxiliary): has knowledge of basic nursing but requires supervision from registered nurses for complex and emergency related clinical duties.
Ancillary Health Care Workers
Functional Care - these are services that assist the client with day-to-day functions such as: feeding; personal hygiene (bathing, showering, bed baths); lifting; moving; turning; managing a fall; pillows, bed linen and bed controls; dressing, toileting, grooming and managing mobility aids. This does not necessarily require medical training but it is essential that carers have received training from a registered professional on how to perform them.
We offer a needs assessment to match the needs of the family with the correct level of care. This is essential! The relationship begins here - make sure you communicate all of your expectations.