Helping the sick for 35 years

2015-08-18 06:01
Shona Sturgeon (left). Priscilla Nelson and Margaret Roestorf at the St. Lukeand#039;s Hospice 35th anniversary last week Thursday in Kenilworth.

Carina Roux

Shona Sturgeon (left). Priscilla Nelson and Margaret Roestorf at the St. Lukeand#039;s Hospice 35th anniversary last week Thursday in Kenilworth. PHOTO: Carina Roux

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At their 35th anniversary celebration, St Luke’s Hospice staff members and volunteers, said nothing makes them sleep better than knowing that even those that are dying will do so with dignity and that they had the best care they could have been given

The hospice marked this milestone with the cutting of a cake and the unveiling of their new logo. They vowed to continue to give the best care to those that are sick. They also offer comfort to those going through a loss in their lives as long as their loved one died in the hands of the hospice.

Priscilla Nelson, hospice CEO, said they are so proud of the journey that they have walked. “I think I’m very proud to be involved in serving the community. We help patients make peace and help them to make the best of their situation. We are also here to show that it’s not all doom and gloom, but people must understand palliative care and we try our utmost to make sure that those who die do so with dignity. We want to spread the message that there is no need to go through assisted suicide, because we are here to help. We want people to live life to the last moment with the greatest of care,” said Nelson.

They offer home based care where most people are the happiest and most relaxed in the familiarity and comfort of their own homes, surrounded by their loved ones and in touch with their communities. This is done by home care sisters who go and visit their patients at their homes.

They also offer in-patient care where patients are generally admitted to their ward in Kenilworth.

Though they try all they can to help their patients, some end up succumbing to their illness. The hospice also offer bereavement care as they know and understand the difficulties and challenges of learning to adjust to life after a loss and it requires hard work. The service is available to family members of a hospice patient for 13 months after death.

With 11 homes around Cape Town they have managed to run and help everyone they could, fully depending on the donation and fundraising events that they do to keep afloat.

Nelson said they try make ends meet but it’s not easy. “We fully depend on fundraising and we are really grateful to the people that help us. We have an operating budget of R38 million and we have to raise most of it ourselves. We really appreciate our staff members and the volunteers who help us do the best for our communities,” said Nelson

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