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Drakenstein Palliative Hospice

To provide professional palliative care to address the physical, emotional, social, information and cultural needs of persons infected with and affected by a life-threatening illness or life-limiting condition within the Drakenstein District.
Provide and manage palliative care resources that promote holistic wellness and personal capacity development for the community, in the community, with the community.

Palliative care:

Provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms
Affirms life and regards dying as a normal process
Intends neither to hasten nor postpone death
Integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care
Offers a support system to help patients live as actively as possible until death
Offers a support system to help the family cope during the patient’s illness and in their bereavement
Uses a team approach to address the needs of patients and their families, including bereavement counselling, if indicated
Will enhance the quality of life, and will also positively influence the course of illness
Is applicable early in the course of illness, in conjunction with other therapies that are implemented to prolong life, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy, and includes those investigations needed to better understand and manage distressing clinical complications.